8/27/2014 12:42 A.M. ET
Phils score go-ahead run after winning challenge
Revere creates decisive tally after reaching on overturned call, the second of the game
By Kevin Roberts and Erik Bacharach / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies won their second challenge of Tuesday's night's 4-3 victory over the Nationals in the eighth inning, which led to the go-ahead run scoring.
With the game tied at 3, Ben Revere led off the eighth inning with a grounder to short. Ian Desmond's throw was high, but first-base umpire Gary Cederstrom ruled that Kevin Frandsen held the bag with his right foot. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg challenged the out call, and after a review of just under three minutes, the umpires ruled that the throw pulled Frandsen off the bag and called Revere safe.
"It is what it is," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "We can see it one way, it doesn't mean that they're going to see it the same. They made the decision."
"I don't think it matters what I think," Frandsen said. "Replay showed what they thought. It's what we've got to live with. It's what I've got to live with -- not being tall enough."
"I was pretty sure I was safe, but I knew it was close," Revere said. "I kind of snuck a look into the dugout, like, 'We should try it.' It was a tough play; he had to rush it."
Desmond was charged with an error on the throw.
"I thought it was a base hit, actually," said Sandberg. "That was a tough play, for a guy that's chasing a batting title. That was bang-bang. It was an easy one to look at, and obviously a big play in the game."
"I don't really think there was a whole lot else I could do," Desmond said. "He hit the ball sharp to my backhand side, it was a little bit too close to backhand. Don't really have time to aim, so I just tried to get rid of it as quick as I could, make a good throw, you know. But he's safe by -- if he is safe -- by an inch at the most. But speed never goes in a slump and he used it right there.
"Beyond making a lower throw, I don't really think there was anything I could do differently. I didn't really have a whole lot of time to aim. Just tried to get a good throw off within an inch difference."
Revere stole second -- his 39th steal of the season -- and Jimmy Rollins followed with a fly ball to right field that moved Revere to third. Carlos Ruiz followed with a sacrifice fly to center, and Revere trotted home with the go-ahead run.
"I wanted to take off early," Revere said. "I thought they might pitch out, but when I figured they were going after [Rollins], I had to get that stolen base. Jimmy came up big, getting me over."
Sandberg won his first challenge early in the game. With two outs in the first inning, Anthony Rendon hit a dribbler in the hole between third and short. Third baseman Andres Blanco charged it and fired to Darin Ruf at first base, where Rendon was called safe.
The ruling on the field was Ruf had come off the base while stretching to make the catch, but upon review, it was revealed that he kept his foot on the bag while extending. The call on the field was overturned, and Rendon was ruled out, ending the inning.
Kevin Roberts is a contributor to MLB.com. Erik Bacharach is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.