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Matheny challenges, but Ellsbury's steal stands

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ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals manager Mike Matheny used his sixth challenge of the season in an attempt to erase a 12th-inning baserunner, but he was ultimately unsuccessful, as there was no clear evidence to overturn Jacoby Ellsbury's swipe of second.

Ellsbury, the first Yankees player to reach base since the eighth, opened the inning with a walk and then attempted to steal on Randy Choate's third pitch to Brian McCann. Ellsbury was ruled safe by second-base umpire Larry Vanover, who was then visited by Matheny.

Matheny asked for a review of the play, which stood after a one-minute, 23-second review. The steal was Ellsbury's team-best 12th of the season. Yadier Molina had earlier thrown out Brett Gardner.

Matheny is now 2-4 with his managerial challenges.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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