After a blown call at first, Chris Johnson launches a three-run homer to boost the Braves over the Mets

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Robot umps now?

The Braves and Mets entered extra innings tied 1-1. The Mets got two quick outs before Andrelton Simmons reached base on a single. That brought Freddie Freeman up. He hit it back to the pitcher who tossed it to first base. Freeman was called safe by umpire Jerry Layne but replays showed that he was just short of the bag by the time it hit the fielder’s glove. He should have been out number three but instead the Braves had new life with runners on first and second.

Next up was Chris Johnson who launched a homer to left field giving the Braves a 4-1 lead which ended up being the game’s final score.

Terry Collins came out and argued the call on Freeman as Johnson was circling the bases and he was tossed, as was first baseman Daniel Murphy. This time next year, I guess, Collins could’ve challenged that call rather than just argued about it after the fact.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.