CINCINNATI -- The fireworks were climbing into the air above Riverfront Stadium Friday night when umpire Terry Tata set off some on-field fireworks by changing his mind.

Tata called Cincinnati Reds outfielder Eric Davis safe at home plate in the bottom of the ninth for what would have been a 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

A moment later, he reversed himself and called Davis out, eventually leading to a 7-6 Los Angeles win in 10 innings.

"You call a guy safe, he's safe. It's that simple," Reds Manager Lou Piniella said.

Paul O'Neill was on second by way of a single and a walk to Davis when Todd Benzinger doubled into the right field corner.

O'Neill scored easily. Davis tried to follow, but catcher Mike Scioscia planted his shin guard in the dirt in front of home. Davis slid feet first, hit Scioscia and stopped abruptly, just as the catcher applied the tag.

As soon as Tata made the safe call, Scioscia held the ball up for the umpire to see. "I said, 'He was out,' " Scioscia said.

After considering for a moment, Tata agreed.

"Scioscia had the plate sealed off and I realized I made a mistake," Tata said. "My mechanics {in making the call} were screwed up, but I got the play right."