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Mariners skipper Wedge sounds off after ejection

Mariners skipper Wedge sounds off after ejection

Mariners skipper Wedge sounds off after ejection
BALTIMORE -- Eric Wedge isn't one to lose his temper often with umpires, but the Mariners skipper wound up with the first ejection of the season after a controversial call at first base that led to the winning run for the Orioles in the 14th inning of an 8-7 ballgame on Tuesday.

Wedge raced out to challenge Brian Knight after the first-base umpire ruled Mike Carp had pulled his foot while doing the splits as he stretched for a throw from second baseman Dustin Ackley following a grounder up the middle by leadoff hitter Omar Quintanilla.

Quintanilla wound up scoring the winning run on a one-out, bases-loaded single by Adam Jones, but only after Wedge was sent packing following a brief argument.

Wedge was still simmering after the 10-minute cooling-down period before reporters were allowed in the clubhouse.

"It's the big leagues," Wedge said. "Games shouldn't end like that in the 14th inning. Our guys are fighting their asses off out there to compete and win. For an umpire to get involved like that is just ridiculous."

Wedge said the play changed the entire complexion of the final inning.

"He was out," Wedge said. "It was clear that Carp was on the bag, and Ackley made a great play. It's a shame the umpire has to get involved in that way. When you talk about first baseman coming off the bag, it's been in the game for 100-plus years. But he didn't even come close to coming off the bag.

"It was evident he was on there, and noticeably so. It's just a shame he has to make the call right there and cost us the ballgame.

"Leadoff [hitter] getting on in an extra-inning ballgame on the road -- it's everything. It's unfortunate, and you just can't do that right there."

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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