Wild-card game halted over fans outrage at umps

The Atlanta Braves played their NL wild-card playoff game at

Turner Field under protest after fans littered the field with trash

over a disputed infield fly call that led to a 19-minute delay.

Trailing 6-3 in the eighth inning Friday, the Braves appeared to

catch a break when a fly ball to short left field dropped between

St. Louis shortstop Pete Kozma and left fielder Matt Holliday after

a mix-up over who had it.

But just before the ball dropped, left field umpire Sam Holbrook

signaled an automatic out because of the infield fly rule, designed

to prevent a team from intentionally dropping a popup in order to

get extra outs with more than one runner on base.

Instead of Atlanta having the bases loaded with one out,

Andrelton Simmons was called out. The fans immediately started

hurling cups and trash, covering the field.