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Thru 6: Another controversial HR

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: The Nats-Mets game had to be halted while umpires reviewed a controversial home run.

Yes, for the second time in three nights, the Mets were awarded a home run on a replay review. Last time, the umps upheld their original call. This time, they reversed their call.

The situation: In the bottom of the sixth of a 3-3 ballgame, with a man on first, Daniel Murphy hit a hit fly ball to right field. Adam Dunn retreated a couple steps but turned around and watched the ball, thinking it was gone. But then the ball fell to the ground, and the runners took off. Next thing you know, Dunn fired to Ronnie Belliard, who fired to Wil Nieves, who tagged Gary Sheffield out.

But the umpires huddled and decided to go look at the video. Five minutes later, crew chief Larry Vanover emerged and signaled home run. It appears the ball struck a sign hanging over the right-field fence before falling back to the ground, which would be a home run. So I believe the umps got this one right. I wouldn’t count on Vanover answering any questions after the game, though.

So that made it 5-3. How did the Nats manage to score three runs off Johan Santana. Thanks to one huge blast from Dunn and some uncharacteristic wildness from Santana. Dunn crushed a 465-foot, two-run homer in the fourth that landed on the concourse well beyong both bullpens and a seating area in right-center field. Just a bomb.

Santana followed the homer by issuing three walks later in the inning, including one to Jordan Zimmermann that loaded the bases and then another one to Cristian Guzman (Cristian Guzman!) to force in a run.

So now as head to the seventh, it’s Mets 5, Nats 3 on a wild night at Citi Field.

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