ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre had the big hits after Texas manager Ron Washington made the right call on replay twice in a matter of minutes.
Beltre singled home Shin-Soo Choo with the game winner in the ninth inning, drove in his new teammate with a tying double in the seventh, and the Rangers saved a run on a successful replay challenge in a 3-2 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.
"The system worked today," Beltre said.
It worked with a little help from Washington's instincts during Philadelphia's two-run sixth inning.
His first big decision was not to challenge a play at third when Jim Joyce called Cesar Hernandez safe on a sacrifice bunt by Ben Revere. Washington came out to talk to the crew chief but didn't challenge. Replay showed the call was correct.
Moments later, Revere was called safe at second base by Cory Blaser on a pickoff attempt by Martin Perez. Washington asked for the review, which showed second baseman Donnie Murphy's glove on Revere's back as he caught the ball before a diving Revere's hand was back on the bag.
Revere would have scored on Ryan Howard's double later in the inning, but instead only Jimmy Rollins came home for a 2-0 lead. Rollins broke the scoreless tie with a single.
"From my vantage point, I thought he had him, really," Washington said.
So did Murphy.
"I knew that I caught the ball at the same time I was tagging him," Murphy said. "I had a gut feeling that he wasn't at the base yet. I think maybe what happened I blocked out the umpire a little bit just because of how the throw was."
Choo reached base for the fourth time on a four-pitch walk to start the ninth against Phillies left-hander Mario Hollands (0-1), who was making his major league debut.
After Elvis Andrus' sacrifice bunt and walk to Prince Fielder on a full count, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg went to right-hander B.J. Rosenberg. Beltre singled softly to right-center field, scoring Choo without a throw.
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