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06/17/08 12:05 AM ET

First-base ump tosses Silva

Mariners starter argues call on close play in fifth inning

SEATTLE -- Mariners pitcher Carlos Silva was ejected in the fifth inning of Monday night's Interleague game against the Marlins at Safeco Field for swearing at umpire Bill Welke after a close play at first base.

Silva thought the Mariners had pulled off an inning-ending double play when shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt's throw to first baseman Richie Sexson arrived at the same time as the Marlins' Jeremy Hermida.

Welke ruled the runner safe and Silva, walking toward first base, jumped up and down, thinking the double play had been made, which would have kept the score at 2-1 in favor of the visitors. But when he saw the safe sign, he threw up his arms and apparently swore at the ump, who immediately ejected the Seattle starter.

A run scored on the play and Silva, who eventually had to be restrained by manager John McLaren, was replaced by left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith.

Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.