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Pujols rewarded as Angels win challenge

Initially ruled out, veteran given RBI single as umps overturn call

Pujols rewarded as Angels win challenge

BOSTON -- Angels first baseman Albert Pujols insisted that umpires turn to replay on a bang-bang play and wound up being right, getting an RBI single and taking away what would've been a phenomenal play by Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks in Tuesday night's game.

With Mike Trout on third and one out in the third inning, Pujols hit a bullet down the third-base line that Middlebrooks fielded cleanly with a headfirst dive. From a seated position, he delivered a one-hop throw to first that Mike Napoli stretched for, initially getting an out call from first-base umpire Mike Winters.

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Pujols, however, felt he got there just before the ball nestled into Napoli's glove, urging manager Mike Scioscia to come onto the field and use his challenge. Eighty-three seconds later, umpires overturned the call and Pujols was ruled safe as the Angels took a 3-1 lead.

The Angels are 14-for-25 in getting calls overturned.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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