Reds 6, Nationals 2(7)

BY foxsports • July 19, 2010

Ivan Rodriguez's grounder hit an umpire before it left the infield, resulting in a dead-ball call that prevented the Washington Nationals from scoring.

With runners on first and second with two outs in the sixth, Rodriguez hit a grounder that deflected off the side of the mound, changed direction and headed toward Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips.

Second base umpire Gary Cederstrom - stationed on the grass behind the mound - leaned to get out of the way of the redirected ball, but it glanced off his back and caromed past Phillips into the outfield. Ryan Zimmerman came around to score from second, but was sent back to third base.

Under baseball's rules, a ball that hits an umpire before it passes an infielder is a dead ball.

Willie Harris then came up with the bases loaded and flied out.



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