MLB adopted Rule 7:13 to prevent collisions at home plate. On Thursday night, the new guideline helped decide an outcome that outraged the entire Marlins organization. An overturned call on a play at the plate gave the Reds new life in the eighth inning, and Cincinnati capitalized by rallying to a 3-1 victory over Miami at Marlins Park.
The Marlins didn't move anyone on their 25-man roster in order to make Thursday's six-player trade with the Astros, so they had to make up for it optioning infielder Ed Lucas and left-handed reliever Dan Jennings to Triple-A New Orleans.
For two teams with nearly identical records as they begin the month of August, the Reds and Marlins have had very different starts to the second half of the season. While Cincinnati has struggled, especially at the plate, Miami has heated up, leading to the trade for Jarred Cosart, who will make his debut Friday opposite South Florida native Mat Latos.
For the Marlins, it was more than a game of inches on Thursday night. It became a game of interpretation in what turned out to be the decisive eighth inning. MLB's collision rule overturned what would have been an inning-ending double play, and it set up the Reds' three-run rally to a 3-1 victory over Miami at Marlins Park.