CLEVELAND -- The A's came out of Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians feeling wronged to their very core.

Adam Rosales appeared to hit a ninth-inning, game-tying homer off Indians closer Chris Perez, but even after reviewing the call on video, the umpires didn't see what the A's saw.

"I've never felt so helpless on a baseball field," said A's manager Bob Melvin, who was ejected for arguing by crew chief Angel Hernandez, who made the questionable call. "So helpless and so wronged."

"This was the worst call," said Rosales, who was awarded a double. "The only four people in the park who didn't think it was a home run were the umpires.''

Is a protest possible? No. Getting the umpires to review the call is as far as baseball rules allow.

"I've already called the league," Melvin said about 20 minutes after the game. "What they said is that once I ask them and they agree to look at it, it's a judgment call. It was bad judgment."

That's not the way the umpires saw it, after their approximately five-minute video session.

"It was not evident on the TV that we had that he had hit a home run," Hernandez told pool reporter Susan Slusser. "I don't know what kind of replay you had, but you can't reverse a call unless there is 100 percent evidence, and there was not 100 percent evidence."

When pressed about what kind of equipment he and his crew mates were looking at, Hernandez dodged the question and went back to a variation of this original line.

"We reviewed it with what we had," he said. "You saw how much time we took."

Hernandez was precise when talking about Melvin's ejection.

"He can't argue when there is a replay," Hernandez said. "He can't argue it. No question."

In the clubhouse, A's players were watching the replay over and over again. The only player who would talk about it on the record was Rosales. He didn't rip the umpires, but he did take issue with the call.

"You guys saw it. We all saw it," the shortstop said. "We don't agree with it. I appreciate Bob Melvin going out and standing up to the crew. We know how important every game is. We found that out last year. Tonight hurts. But we'll always play to the end."

The game wasn't over at that point. Perez hit Eric Sogard with a pitch and walked John Jaso, loading the bases. But Seth Smith grounded out to end the game.

This one included a decent pitching performance from starter A.J. Griffin, who gave up four runs but who, were it not for a Rosales throwing error, should only have given up two. And it saw the return of Daric Barton, who made it back from the minor leagues and delivered a two-run single that gave the A's a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning.

After the game, however, all talk among the players, the coaches and the manager was about the missed ninth-inning homer.

"It hit the railing; you could tell the way it ricocheted," Melvin said in a tone of stressed disbelief. "If it hits the pad (covering the wall) first, it comes off there softly. Clearly there was a ricochet. There's no doubt it hit something solid.

"I don't know how to handle something like this."

That will come Thursday when there is a series finale to play, and the A's try to avoid being swept. But this one will be hard to leave behind.

"That was a very good game," batting coach Chili Davis said, "with a very bad ending."

  • Josh Reddick was put on the disabled list because of a painful right wrist, the residue of his sliding into the wall in right field foul territory in Houston a month ago. He had shots of Xylocaine and cortisone in the wrist Tuesday and was going to be unlikely to play in the immediate future. He flew back to the Bay Area, and Barton got the promotion from Triple-A Sacramento.

  • To make room on the 40-man roster for Barton, left-handed pitcher Jordan Norberto was released. The A's would like to be able to re-sign him to a minor league deal, but Norberto, who has been fighting elbow pain, is a free agent for the moment.

  • Left-handed starter Brett Anderson, who flew from the Bay Area to Cleveland on Tuesday, threw a bullpen session on the side before Wednesday's workout and pronounced his sprained right ankle good to go. He could get an injury rehabilitation assignment and might be back in the rotation as soon as May 17.