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Call stands after D-backs challenge close play

Bonifacio manages to avoid tag by Hill on contested double

Call stands after D-backs challenge close play

CHICAGO -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson is now 1-for-3 when it comes to replay challenges.

Gibson challenged a call by second-base umpire Dan Bellino in the first inning Thursday and the umpires ruled that the initial call should stand, which means there was not clear evidence to confirm it or to overturn it.

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The Cubs Emilio Bonifacio opened up the bottom of the first inning with a hit to center and when Tony Campana took his time retrieving the ball, Bonifacio hustled into second. The throw from Campana was on line and as Bonifacio dove headfirst into second, second baseman Aaron Hill dove to tag him.

Bellino called him safe and Gibson elected to challenge the call.

Since his challenge was not successful, the move left Gibson without a challenge the rest of the game.

Gibson won a replay challenge April 15 when D-back A.J. Pollock was called out at first base and he lost a challenge on April 10 when Campana was called out on an attempted steal. That call stood.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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