ST. PETERSBURG -- Indians right-hander Matt Albers was ejected from Saturday night's game against the Rays at Tropicana Field for arguing with second-base umpire CB Bucknor at the end of the sixth inning.
After Ben Zobrist grounded out to Nick Swisher for the final out of the sixth, Albers shouted as he walked toward Bucknor and pointed at second base, clearly upset about a call Bucknor made earlier in the inning. Bucknor quickly ejected Albers, who tossed his glove as he walked toward the dugout.
Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar led off the sixth with a hit to center field and hustled around first base, extending his foot as he slid into second base. Michael Bourn got the ball to Jason Kipnis in plenty of time to make the tag, but Bucknor ruled that Escobar safely slid around Kipnis' glove.
Asked about the ejection, Indians manager Terry Francona responded, "[Albers] said something to CB after the inning" about the call.
The Indians protested the call to no avail. Escobar came around to score on Shelley Duncan's RBI single to right field, giving the Rays a 4-0 lead.