Phillies denied protest for lost game

Florida Marlins left fielder Bryan Petersen (16) jumps to catch a ball hit by Philadelphia Phillies' Hunter Pence in the sixth inning during a baseball game in Miami, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011. Pence was ruled out due to fan interference. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 5-4 in 14 innings. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

September 7, 2011 2:24:07 PM PDT
The Philadelphia Phillies have been denied their protest for a fan interference call in a 5-4, 14-inning loss to the Florida Marlins on Sunday.

Major League Baseball made the announcement Thursday after the play was reviewed by Joe Torre, the executive vice president for baseball operations.

The Phillies protested after Hunter Pence was ruled out on fan interference after initially being awarded a double, and the ruling change may have cost the NL East leaders two runs. The score was tied 2-all and a runner was on first in the sixth when Pence hit a fly ball to right-center. A spectator leaned over the outfield railing and tried to catch the ball with his cap. Marlins right fielder Bryan Petersen tried to make the catch, but his glove brushed the fan's cap, and the ball went for an apparent double. Following a video review, the umpires called Pence out.

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