CHICAGO -- Ike Davis thought he tagged out Steve Clevenger at first base on a throw from catcher Josh Thole in the eighth inning of a one-run game Tuesday night.
Davis took exception when he stood up and heard first-base umpire Manny Gonzalez call Clevenger safe, inadvertently tipping Gonzalez with his glove while arguing the call to earn an ejection in the middle of the play.
"I didn't say anything too revolting," Davis said. "I didn't mean to touch him. I was just using my hand as a gesture."
Davis said he couldn't believe Gonzalez said he missed the tag. Davis knew the importance of the call with two runners on and one out with one inning left for the Mets to make up the deficit.
"That's a huge out," Davis said. "They ended up scoring a run later that inning."
Darwin Barney, who was at second base when Thole made the throw to first, scored on a single by pinch-hitter Reed Johnson in the next at-bat.
Manager Terry Collins is confident the replay will show Davis' contact with the umpire was an accident, but he wasn't surprised at Davis' reaction.
"When you're playing for something and we're in the ballgame, got the ninth inning coming up, a chance to win the game still, you make a play, think the guy's out, there's nothing wrong with playing with some emotion," Collins said.
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