KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- For the second day in a row, Astros manager Bo Porter challenged a call on the field. And for the second day in a row, the call was upheld via instant replay.
In the eighth inning of Sunday's game against Toronto, Porter challenged a play at the plate in which Steve Tolleson of the Blue Jays slid home ahead of the tag of catcher Carlos Perez to score the go-ahead run on a Erik Kratz double. The play was close, but the umpires used instant replay to uphold the call.
"Unlike the one yesterday, the one today is one you challenge 100 percent of the time," Porter said. "Just looking at the magnitude of it. ... It's the run that puts them ahead and you have a man on third base with less than two outs. You look at all the parameters of the situation, and if it's remotely close, it's one you challenge."
On Saturday, Porter challenged a call at first base in the second inning, claiming Yankees second baseman Eduardo Nunez hadn't touched first base before Jonathan Villar stepped on the base. Villar was called out after putting down a sacrifice bunt. That call was also upheld.
Sunday was the second of five scheduled Astros games in the Grapefruit League in which instant replay will be used in preparation for its introduction in the regular season. The other Astros games with replay are Wednesday vs. Washington, Friday vs. St. Louis and March 24 against Atlanta.