Playing through helps Ellis start triple play

Playing through helps Ellis start triple play

MILWAUKEE -- Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said he never heard a verbal foul-ball call from home-plate umpire Dale Scott at the start of what became the first triple-play turned by the Dodgers since 1998 on Sunday.

Replays show Scott at first put his hands up as if he was backing away, then appeared to put his hands higher in the air as if to signal foul ball on the bunt by Jesus Guzman that landed in foul ground before rolling into fair ground.

Scott did clearly signal the ball fair when Ellis picked it up and threw to third base to begin the around-the-horn inning-killer.

Ellis said the batter, Guzman, initially claimed that the ball hit him, but the argument by the Padres quickly changed to the hand signals Scott gave. Padres manager Bud Black was ejected for arguing and the Dodgers won the game in the ninth inning on an RBI single by Dee Gordon.

"I could see their point," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It looked like he was backing off, then his hands went higher and you could see the argument. But at the end of the day, it's a fair ball, and we'd have been penalized if they had called it foul."