Royals outfielder Alex Rios didn’t need to see the video board to know he was out.
In the fourth inning, Rios singled with two outs, and on the next pitch he took off for second. Rios arrived in plenty of time, but his feet left the bag on a pop-up slide. Blue Jays second baseman Ryan Goins kept his glove on Rios, and the safe call was challenged by Toronto.
When the replay hit the video board, the Rogers Centre fans cheered and the Blue Jays ran off the field while the umpire crew remained in contact with the replay official in New York.
“I knew I popped up, I was just waiting for the call,” Rios said.
The play was similar to the call that went against the Royals in Game 4 of the ALDS at Houston. Pinch runner Terrance Gore appeared to have stolen third but was ruled out after a challenge by the Astros. The call was that the glove remained on Gore when his foot came off the bag.
The Royals were on the favorable end of two earlier replay reviews Tuesday. In the first inning, Lorenzo Cain came home on a passed ball by catcher Russell Martin, sliding in ahead of the tag. The Blue Jays challenged the call but the ruling was upheld.
In the second inning, Alcides Escobar was brushed back by an R.A. Dickey pitch. The call was originally a ball, but the Royals challenged, saying the ball hit Escobar’s hand. The replay ruled that it did.
Two calls favored the Royals, one did not. They hardly mattered in a 14-2 Royals victory.