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Terry Collins on ejection: 'We're in a pennant race, so those are big calls'

ST. LOUIS -- New York Mets manager Terry Collins remained displeased with the ball call that led to his ejection on Friday night at Busch Stadium.

Collins thought a seventh-inning pitch to Lucas Duda should have been ruled ball four. Instead, it was ruled a strike by plate umpire Chad Fairchild. Collins was ejected by Fairchild for chirping about the call. With the Mets trailing by a run, Collins then had a spirited argument with the ump.

Duda ultimately flied out to center field in what became a scoreless frame. The Mets ultimately lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-2.

"It's the tying run," Collins said. "A ball is a ball. It's out of the zone. We hadn't said a word all game long. We're in a pennant race here, so those are big calls. You get the tying run on base and all of a sudden it's a different ballgame -- we hope."