Score it: E-umpires.
Veteran umpire Ed Montague took the blame for a run being added to Baltimore's total three innings after it appeared to be waved off in the Orioles' 7-4 victory over visiting Cleveland last night.
The Indians played the game under protest after Montague, the crew chief, called the official scorer in the bottom of the sixth to add the third-inning run that had scored on a sacrifice fly.
"It was my screwup and we can't go off of umpire's error," Montague said. "What's right is right. We have to score the run."
The bizarre sequence started with Baltimore leading, 2-1, in the top of the third. Nick Markakis was on third and Miguel Tejada on first with one out when Ramon Hernandez lined to center, Grady Sizemore making a diving catch. Markakis tagged and appeared to cross the plate before Tejada was doubled off first. But plate umpire Marvin Hudson waved off the run.
Orioles bench coach Tom Trebelhorn disputed Hudson's call before the start of the fourth, and Hudson then conferred with the other umpires. "We kicked it around and now I'm having a brain cramp on it," Montague said. "So I sent [umpire Bill Miller to check] . . . Let's make it 100 percent sure."
Miller checked the rule and said the run should have counted. But Montague was vague about why it took until the sixth to make the change, saying, "It kind of went on" with the umpires conferring with the managers.
Cleveland manager Eric Wedge protested the game because the change was not made immediately.
Corey Patterson and Hernandez both had two-run doubles to help the Orioles snap a five-game losing streak and end the Indians' winning streak at six.
Mets 6, Nationals 2 -- Carlos Beltran's double and David Wright's single each delivered two runs in the 12th inning, leading New York in Washington.
The Mets had tied the game with two outs in the ninth against closer Chad Cordero on singles by Shawn Green, Damion Easley, and Julio Franco.
Braves 6, Rockies 2 -- John Smoltz continued his mastery of Colorado and Chipper Jones drove in two runs to help visiting Atlanta. Smoltz (3-1) allowed two runs, nine hits, and struck out eight in seven innings to improve to 11-4 with nine saves and a 3.43 ERA in his career against the Rockies.
Reds 8, Pirates 1 -- Matt Belisle, a converted reliever making only his 12th career start, didn't allow a base runner until the sixth inning before finishing with a five-hitter as visiting Cincinnati ended Pittsburgh's five-game winning streak.
Athletics 12, Devil Rays 5 -- Travis Buck hit a three-run homer in Oakland's six-run first, Eric Chavez also hit a three-run shot, and Mark Ellis added his first homer of the year as the A's beat visiting Tampa Bay, ending a three-game skid.
Padres 3, Dodgers 2 -- Trevor Hoffman rebounded from two straight blown save opportunities to close the door on visiting Los Angeles for career save 487, sealing career win 335 for Greg Maddux.
Diamondbacks 5, Giants 4 -- On a night when Barry Bonds hit his 742d career home run, Scott Hairston hit his 14th, a pinch-hit, three-run shot in the seventh, and it lifted host Arizona to victory.
Astros 10, Brewers 1 -- Craig Biggio had a triple and three RBIs, and Lance Berkman, Mark Loretta, and Adam Everett each had two RBIs to help host Houston snap a seven-game losing streak.
Angels 3, White Sox 0 -- Jered Weaver pitched 5 2/3 innings for his first win of the season and Gary Matthews Jr. led off the game with a home run to help visiting Los Angeles beat Chicago.
Marlins 11, Phillies 5 -- Florida's Miguel Cabrera had a career-best five hits and Josh Willingham hit a three-run homer to support Dontrelle Willis in Philadelphia.
Twins 11, Tigers 3 -- Justin Morneau had three hits, including a home run, and scored three times as visiting Minnesota roughed up Justin Verlander.
Cubs 8, Cardinals 1 -- Carlos Zambrano pitched seven innings and Jacque Jones hit a bases-loaded triple in a seven-run fifth as Chicago won in St. Louis.
Royals 8, Mariners 3 -- Gil Meche pitched six innings, and visiting Kansas City chased Jeff Weaver after recording just one out.
Rangers 9, Blue Jays 8 -- Hank Blalock atoned for an error with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to lift Texas in Toronto.