Phillies lose run on reversal, fall to Rangers 3-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 1, 2014 at 11:54 pm •  Published: April 1, 2014
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ben Revere got the call on the field. The Philadelphia speedster wasn't as fortunate in the replay office more than a thousand miles away.

Revere was picked off second base in a reversal that saved Texas a run, and Adrian Beltre singled home Shin-Soo Choo with the game winner in the ninth inning of the Rangers' 3-2 victory against the Phillies on Tuesday night.

"I saw the replay and I was a millimeter off the bag," Revere said. "Replay got me this time, but that was one of those plays where the ball was right around my body as I was going to the bag. I felt like I got my hand in there."

Rangers manager Ron Washington saw it differently, and he was right for the second time in a matter of minutes.

Washington's first big decision in Philadelphia's two-run sixth inning was not to challenge a play at third when Jim Joyce called Cesar Hernandez safe on a sacrifice bunt by 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 put the umpiring crew on headsets with the replay office in New York for the first time in the season-opening series.

The video showed second baseman Donnie Murphy's glove on Revere's back as he caught the ball just 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.



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