Reed originally called Davis safe on a close play, then changed the call when Davis' foot came off the bag momentarily. Both Davis and third-base coach Cal Ripken Sr. argued vehemently and the video replay appeared to back them up. Davis did lift his foot off the bag, but Gruber did not appear to be holding the tag on him at the time.
"He said that Glenn's foot never got to the bag," Oates said.
The call was costly. The Orioles were taken out of a two-on, two-out situation with hot-hitting Joe Orsulak coming to the plate, and the Blue Jays responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead.
Mussina (11-5) gave up an infield single and battled Carter to a full count before the Blue Jays right fielder drove a breaking ball ,, over the 400-foot marker in center for his 24th home run of the year.
It wasn't a terrible pitch, but the law of averages may have caught up with Mussina. Carter had gone hitless in 13 at-bats during the Blue Jays' three losses in Detroit and left 12 runners on base. He followed it up with a double to kick off Toronto's three-run third inning and scored on a double by Winfield.
Mussina, who was coming off a five-hit shutout over the Tigers on Wednesday, did not have much luck with the heart of the Blue Jays' lineup. Maldonado came up later in the third inning and lined a ball over the 375 marker in left to give Stottlemyre a three-run cushion.
"I've got to believe I was due," Mussina said, "not that I wanted to admit it. I want to be consistent. That's my job. Today, I wasn't consistent at all."