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Video review a friend to Mets once more

Video review a friend to Mets once more

NEW YORK -- For the third consecutive game, a video review went the Mets' way, as Gary Sheffield's three-run homer in the sixth inning was confirmed by replay.

Sheffield broke a 1-1 tie when he hit the first pitch from the Nationals' John Lannan to left field, where a fan attempting for the catch made contact with the ball. Although the ball fell back onto the field, third-base umpire Adrian Johnson immediately signaled for a home run. The ruling was confirmed after a six-minute review.

"I'm a fan of getting it right," manager Jerry Manuel said after the game. "If they got it right, that's what's important."

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The Mets have benefited greatly from video replay the past three games, beginning in Boston on Saturday, when Omir Santos' game-winning two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning was originally ruled a double. That call was overturned upon review, giving the Mets the 3-2 victory.

In Sunday's finale at Fenway Park, a Kevin Youkilis shot to left was confirmed as a foul ball by a replay review. Youkilis later hit a three-run homer in Boston's 12-5 win.

Tim Britton is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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