New York Mets manager Terry Collins was ejected Thursday after arguing over a bizarre play involving a bat boy at Citi Field.
The kooky play came in the fourth inning with the Milwaukee Brewers ahead 2-0 after they loaded the bases with one out.
Eric Sogard lofted a popup and Mets infielder Wilmer Flores gave frantic chase along the railing of Milwaukee's dugout. A bat boy carrying a metal stool tried to dodge him and slide past, but nicked Flores' arm and the ball dropped.
"Well I'm not really sure what the rules are on that play. All I can tell you is I had the ball. I don't know what happened after that, but I had the ball. I guess that wasn't [his] intention," Flores said.
"You can't get mad at him. He was trying to get out of the way [and] went the wrong way," Flores said, according to NJ.com.
Umpires originally called Sogard out for interference but quickly huddled and reversed their ruling. Collins bolted from the bench, argued with crew chief Fieldin Culbreth and was ejected.
"My issue was, it was a routine catch. It would be one thing if it was a difficult play; that was my argument," Collins said.
In the Official Baseball Rules, it is considered unintentional interference -- not an out -- if a bat boy or security or someone else permitted on the field accidentally gets in the way of a fielder.
As it turned, the Mets came out OK with Sogard. Given a second chance, the leadoff man -- who had singled his first two times up -- grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Asked about the umpires' ruling, Flores said: "The ball don't lie, we got a double-play ball."
Flores later hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning, but the Brewers held on for a 2-1 victory to earn a four-game split.
"I guess you can say the ball never lies,'' Sogard said. "I was going to be out, then I hit into a double play.''
The Associated Press contributed to this report.