Porter splits pair of challenges on plays at second

Porter splits pair of challenges on plays at second

DETROIT -- Astros manager Bo Porter's streak of successful challenges came to an end at five Monday when the umpires said a call at second base in the ninth inning would stand. Porter had a successfully challenged a play at second base earlier in the game.

With the Astros trailing, 2-0, in the ninth, Dexter Fowler drew a leadoff walk and tried to advance to second on a ball in the dirt. He was called out by second-base umpire Seth Buckminster, but Porter figured he'd take a shot at a challenge.

"I just felt like, you're down to your last three outs, you have a challenge left since we got the other one right, and you just take a shot," Porter said. "Maybe they see one replay that gets his foot in there. It was close enough, bang-bang enough, that we just took a shot."

The replay proved to be inconclusive, with Fowler's leg hitting the base just as the tag was applied by shortstop Andrew Romine.

"When I slid in, I didn't [think I was out]," Fowler said. "The replay, I couldn't tell anything. He called me out, so I'm out."

Porter won his fifth consecutive challenge by getting a call overturned in the fifth inning. Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler walked and stole second base, but Porter argued second baseman Jose Altuve's tag on a throw from catcher Jason Castro was in time.

The umpires overturned the call after viewing replay, moving Porter to 5-for-6 in replay challenges. Altuve made the tag high on Kinsler's body, which to the naked eye appeared to allow Kinsler to slide in beneath the throw. Replays showed otherwise.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.