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Adrian Gonzalez Adamant He Was Safe In Controversial Game 4 Play At The Plate

LOS ANGELES ( — With two outs in the bottom of the second inning of Game 4 of the Dodgers vs. Cubs NLCS -- before the Cubs took permanent control of the game -- Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez tried to score from second base on an Andrew Toles single to right field.

In the play, a sliding Gonzalez stretched his left hand toward the tip of the plate as catcher Contreras applied the tag with his left hand near Gonzalez's upper left arm. It was a play so close that it was still being debated Thursday.

Gonzalez was called out on the field, but the Dodgers contested the call to the MLB's Replay Command Center in New York. The off-site umpire -- who makes the final decision on such calls -- also decided Gonzalez was out.

Many Dodgers fans were not convinced.

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Gonzalez has remained adamant that the call was wrong.

"We've got plenty of still frames that prove I was safe," Gonzalez said. "Usually they say the play stands, but they said there wasn't enough evidence, which means they know I was safe."

The call also drew online scorn from Washington star Bryce Harper, whose team was bounced out of the playoffs by the Dodgers in the NLDS.

Gonzalez said he was even told by two umpires on the field that they believed he was safe, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Even Cubs manager Joe Maddon wasn't sure what call would be made, CBS Chicago reported.

"It was awkward," Maddon said. "We thought they may call him safe. We really did."

Gonzalez and the Dodgers ended up losing the game 10-2, with the Cubs scoring all of their runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

The teams play Game 5 Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.

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