Major League Baseball and umpire Jerry Meals agree that Meals made the wrong call in Atlanta's 4-3, 19-inning win over Pittsburgh early Wednesday morning.
Meals ruled Pittsburgh catcher Mike McKenry failed to tag Atlanta's Julio Lugo in the bottom of the 19th, allowing Lugo to score the winning run. Replays showed McKenry clearly tagging Lugo before Lugo reached the plate.
The Pirates filed a formal complaint hours after the longest game in team history, and MLB executive vice president for baseball operations Joe Torre said it appeared Meals missed the call.
Later Wednesday, Meals said he saw in his review of the play that Lugo's pants moved slightly when tagged. Meals said that showed him he missed the call.
"That's telling me that I was incorrect in my decision and that he should have been ruled out and not safe," said Meals, who has been umpiring major-league games for 14 years.
Cards trade Rasmus for pitching
The Cardinals, who have faced pitching questions all the way back to spring training, pulled off a three-team trade Wednesday to beef up their rotation with right-hander Edwin Jackson.
The Cardinals sent Colby Rasmus and two relievers to Toronto, sacrificing a starting outfielder to get more pitching for the second straight year near the trade deadline. Last July, the Cardinals dealt right fielder Ryan Ludwick to the Padres in a three-team deal that brought them starter Jake Westbrook from the Indians.
Jackson had been dealt to Toronto a few hours earlier by the White Sox, who also sent utility player Mark Teahen to the Blue Jays in exchange for reliever Jason Frasor and pitching prospect Zach Stewart.
Jackson has been dealt seven times since being drafted by the Dodgers in 2001.
Besides Jackson, St. Louis acquired relievers Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepczynski, outfielder Corey Patterson and three players to be named or cash considerations. Along with Rasmus, the Blue Jays got pitchers Trever Miller (Louisville Trinity), P.J. Walters and Brian Tallet.
■ Former Henry Clay and University of Kentucky standout Collin Cowgill made his major-league debut Tuesday night for the Diamondbacks. Cowgill, batting eighth and playing left field, went 0-for-4 against the Padres. His contract was selected from Triple-A Reno.
■ The Rays snapped one of baseball's oldest records Wednesday when they played their 705th consecutive game with a starting pitcher younger than 30 years old. James Shields got the start at Oakland as the Rays broke the previous mark set by the Washington Senators from 1913-17.
■ The Nationals added outfielder Jonny Gomes to their roster, one day after acquiring him in a trade with the Reds. To make room for Gomes, Washington designated 43-year-old Matt Stairs for assignment.
■ The Braves placed All-Star catcher Brian McCann (left oblique injury) and outfielder Jordan Schafer (broken finger) on the 15-day disabled list.