Instant replay still has its opponents, and probably always will. There were voters, after all, who thought Greg Maddux shouldn’t have been a unanimous selection to the Hall of Fame. And if every challenge this season is going to take more than two minutes, not to mention the time it takes for a manager to hear from the dugout if he should ask for a video review, more opponents might crop up. But the Texas Rangers were all for the new system Tuesday night after their victory at Globe Life Park. Manager Ron Washington successfully challenged a pickoff play at second base in the sixth inning, a sequence that helped limit the damage against Martin Perez, and the Rangers scored the game’s final three runs to walk off with a 3-2 win over Philadelphia. Adrian Beltre won it with a one-out single in the ninth that scored Shin-Soo Choo, who walked to start the inning and reached four times in his five plate appearances. Perez allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings, and Jason Frasor, Neal Cotts and Joakim Soria combined for the final 10 outs as the Rangers’ pitching staff recovered from a 14-run shellacking on Opening Day. Soria got the win, though instant replay deserved some consideration. “It was good because I’m a big believer, no matter how long it takes, get the call right,” Beltre said. “If it goes your way or doesn’t go your way, just get it right.” Perez and A.J. Burnett had allowed only three hits apiece through five innings, but the first two Phillies reached in the sixth and Jimmy Rollins followed with a single to bring home Cesar Hernandez to break a scoreless tie and move Ben Revere to second base. Perez retired Chase Utley for the first out, and then spun to second during Marlon Byrd’s at-bat to get Revere. Umpire Cory Blaser called Revere safe ahead of second baseman Donnie Murphy’s tag, but Washington came out of the dugout and got a signal from bench coach Tim Bogar to challenge. After a review that lasted 2 minutes, 18 seconds, the call was reversed and Revere was removed from scoring position. “From my vantage point, I thought he had him, really,” Washington said. “When I ran out there, I worked him [Blaser] in a position where I could see what Bogey had, and he said he was out.” The impact was immediate. Byrd singled to center, a hit that would have scored Revere. Rollins scored as the next batter, Ryan Howard, doubled for a 2-0 lead. But that was it for the Phillies after Jason Frasor got Carlos Ruiz to end the inning.
Adrian Beltre, replay send Rangers to victory over Phillies
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Apr 2