Jose Altuve ruled out after controversial fan interference

Controversial interference call takes a homer away from Astros

Controversial interference call takes a homer away from Astros

In the bottom of the first inning, Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve launched a fly ball to right field that narrowly evaded Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts' glove as he leaped above the fence. Altuve hit a ball deep to right field that appeared to be heading over the wall.

The question at play with Betts is whether he reached over the fence, or whether the fans reached over the fence.

"I'm not sure if Mookie makes that catch", Hinch said.

The ball was knocked back onto the field by the fans, leading Altuve to get a double. If those are the rules Major League Baseball shouldn't let fans sit there.

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"[West] just said there was fan interference on the field and my argument was the trajectory was there, the ball was leaving the yard", Astros manager A.J. Hinch said in a TBS interview. Their conversation took West and his crew to replay. Boston's star outfielder Mookie Betts nearly robbed Altuve of the homer, but fan interference sent the ball back onto the field.

There is a difference between a ball which has been thrown or batted into the stands, touching a spectator thereby being out of play even though it rebounds onto the field and a spectator going onto the field or reaching over, under or through a barrier and touching a ball in play or touching or otherwise interfering with a player. He does so at his own risk. If Betts' glove was over the fence, then fan interference should not have been called. Hinch came back out of the dugout to argue with West, before turning his head suddenly and walking away as if he was displeased with what he heard. Astros center fielder George Springer, who was a baserunner at first base when the play began, slammed his helmet down at the ultimate ruling.

Fans continued to boo West between innings as he returned to his post near the right-field line.

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