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Sveum ejected for third time this season

ST. LOUIS -- Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum received his third ejection of the season Monday night after arguing a close play at home plate in the seventh inning.

With the St. Louis Cardinals leading 2-0 and runners on second and third and one out, Pete Kozma hit a sharp grounder to third baseman Luis Valbuena, who knocked it down but threw late to first base. Anthony Rizzo then threw home as Yadier Molina broke for the plate, but the throw was wild.

Catcher Welington Castillo retrieved the ball and threw to pitcher Travis Wood, covering the plate, apparently in time to get the sliding Molina.

Umpire D.J. Reyburn, however, called Molina safe, bringing Sveum out of the dugout to protest the call.

“The throw definitely beat him,” said Sveum. “He (Reyburn) said he got it right.

“It was a big play in the game at that time. We had our best pitcher on the mound, he blocks the plate and gets there, it’s an out call. The ball beat him (Molina) by a lot. That’s what I saw on the replay.”

That play led to another run in the inning, and the Cardinals added another in the eighth for the 5-2 victory.

Wood said he had not seen a replay, but thought he tagged Molina before he reached the plate.

“My take was that he was out but he (Reyburn) has the overall say and he called him safe,” Wood said. “We’ve got to overcome that and get after the next batter and make the pitches.”

The ejection was the seventh for Sveum in his two seasons as the Cubs’ manager.