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McLouth, Fredi tossed for arguing strike call

McLouth, Fredi tossed for arguing strike call

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McLouth, Fredi tossed for arguing strike call
ATLANTA -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and outfielder Nate McLouth were ejected in the ninth inning a 19-inning, 4-3 Braves win over the Pirates on Tuesday for arguing balls and strikes.

After McLouth, who was hitless in four at-bats, was called out on strikes to lead off the inning, he began to argue with home-plate umpire Jerry Meals. The two had a conversation during an earlier at-bat, after McLouth appeared to dispute a strike call.

After Meals ejected McLouth, Gonzalez headed to home plate where he, too, was ejected. As Gonzalez argued, McLouth flung his helmet to the ground before tossing a box containing sunflower seeds onto the field.

McLouth's ejection caused the Braves to shuffle their fielders in a game that went to extra innings tied at 3. Alex Gonzalez, who had the day off, replaced McLouth in the leadoff spot and took over at shortstop. Martin Prado shifted from third base to left field, where McLouth was stationed, and Julio Lugo moved from shortstop to third base.

Meals was the center of attention at the end of the game, when he called Julio Lugo safe at home plate, a decision that was vehemently disputed by the Pirates.

Chris Cox is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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