Garner argued baserunning out call

Updated: August 13, 2004, 8:16 PM ET
Associated Press

MONTREAL -- Houston Astros manager Phil Garner was suspended for Friday night's game in Montreal and fined an undisclosed amount because of a run-in last week with umpire Brian Knight.

Garner was ejected during the Astros' 3-2 loss to the Expos in Houston last Saturday.

Jose Vizcaino had jumped over Montreal pitcher Jon Rauch to beat out an infield hit, and was walking back to first base when he was tagged by catcher Einar Diaz.

Knight called Vizcaino out for making a move toward second base. Vizcaino said he never intended to advance, and Garner and Knight got into an argument.

"The umpire claimed I bumped him, which is not right," Garner said.

Garner was upset about the one-game suspension, which was handed down by Bob Watson, vice president of on-field operations for Major League Baseball.

"I think ultimately the umpire has to have authority to make calls," Garner said. "We have to accept those things. It's that one side of the story has been taken and my side is not being considered."

Bench coach John Tamargo replaced Garner, who will return Saturday.

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