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Royals' Ned Yost on replay umpire's crucial call: 'He definitely looked out'

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Indians edge Royals

The Indians beat the Royals 2-1 for their third straight win.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Just about the only person at Kauffman Stadium that thought the Indians' Jose Ramirez was safe at first base on a crucial play in the eighth inning were the umpires.

Not Royals manager Ned Yost, who said he was "shocked" when the call by first base umpire Bob Davidson stood through a nearly 3-minute review.

Not first baseman Eric Hosmer, who said he was "100 percent" certain that Ramirez was out.

Not more than 30,000 fans who cheered when the replay was shown on the massive crown-shaped video board in center field.

Not even Cleveland manager Terry Francona, who almost sheepishly acknowledged of the would-be double play: "I thought maybe it was going to get overturned."

Instead, the call came down from an umpire in New York that Ramirez was safe, leaving the Indians with one out in the inning.

It proved to be a critical decision minutes later when Michael Brantley hit a two-out double to center, spurring the Indians to a 2-1 victory Tuesday night.

"I was shocked when they called him safe (on replay)," Yost said. "I don't know what they were looking at. On the angle showed on the big screen, he definitely looked out."

It all began when Wade Davis (2-1) was summoned in the eighth to keep the game tied.

He walked Michael Bourn to lead off the inning, but Ramirez appeared to ground into a double play moments later. When the call stood, so did Ramirez -- right on first base.

Jason Kipnis followed by grounding into a fielder's choice -- second baseman Omar Infante bobbled the ball to scuttle another potential double play -- and Carlos Santana worked a full-count walk, all before Brantley ripped his go-ahead single to center field.

It was the first run Davis yielded this season.

"He's a great pitcher. He didn't have an ERA for a reason," Brantley said. "I knew he was going to make pitches. I was just waiting for something I could hit."