Philadelphia Phillies ace Jake Arrieta was terrific in his first win in a month.
The Milwaukee Brewers felt he got some help from plate umpire Mike Estabrook.
Arrieta pitched eight effective innings, Andrew McCutchen homered and the Phillies beat the Brewers 7-2 on Saturday.
"A really solid performance by Jake, who was absolutely cognizant of getting in the zone and giving us length," manager Gabe Kapler said. "It's exactly what our club needed."
Arrieta (5-4) allowed two runs and five hits, struck out eight and walked one in his first win since April 27. The 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner was 0-2 with a 4.30 ERA in his previous four starts.
It looked as if the right-hander was headed for his first complete game since 2016 before he ran into a bit of trouble in the eighth. Philadelphia had a 4-2 lead, but Milwaukee had a runner on third with two down and Lorenzo Cain at the plate.
Cain was ahead 3-1 in the count when Arrieta threw a pitch that the speedy leadoff man felt was a ball, which would have brought NL MVP Christian Yelich to the plate. Instead, Estabrook called a strike and Cain grounded out on the next pitch.
Counsell began arguing with Estabrook from the dugout and was ejected. The usually mild-mannered Counsell then came onto the field and engaged in a heated face-to-face shouting match with Estabrook.
"It's two pitches. It's Yelich on-deck. It's the tying run," Counsell said. "It's an enormous part of the game. They were just clear balls. They have to get those ones right."
Cain felt Estabrook missed two pitches in his crucial at-bat.