ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Things were already unraveling in the sixth inning for the Texas Rangers before the overturned call that gave Seattle yet another run.
That didn't diminish manager Ron Washington's feelings about the replay reversal in a 7-1 loss to the Mariners on Monday night.
"There's no perfection in the game of baseball. Even in review, there's no perfection," Washington said. "We've got to work through it, but that don't mean you have to agree with what goes on."
Seattle had the bases loaded in the sixth, already with four runs in, when Brad Miller hit a comebacker. Relief pitcher Pedro Figueroa threw home, and umpire Paul Schrieber initially ruled a forceout even though catcher J.P. Arencibia bobbled the ball on a transfer without dropping it or making a throw.
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon challenged, and the call was reversed after a replay review of 3 minutes, 31 seconds. That erased the out and gave Seattle another run.
Washington immediately came out to argue and was ejected by crew chief Ted Barrett because managers aren't allowed to argue replay rulings. Washington's ejection came a night after Boston manager John Farrell became the first big league skipper tossed under those circumstances this season.
"It was obvious he caught the ball, the runner was at least 9 or 10 feet from home plate, making his move away from home plate so he don't have contact, you go to get the ball and he drops it," Washington said. "I'm all for the review, but still that don't mean you have to agree with some of the calls that go on because of review."
Robinson Cano started the Seattle sixth with a single and scored on Michael Saunders' triple to left-center — a ball that center fielder Leonys Martin bobbled without getting charged with an error. Kyle Seager followed with an RBI single that chased Colby Lewis (0-1), who made his first big league start in 21 months after elbow and hip operations.
Then things got interesting. Dustin Ackley and Mike Zunino had consecutive RBI singles after Arencibia couldn't pull in a foul ball before reaching out and teetering over a camera-well railing. Mix in two fielding errors, and the bases were loaded.