ARLINGTON -- The Rangers unsuccessfully challenged a play at first base in the second inning Sunday, when Leonys Martin was picked off by Braves pitcher Mike Minor for the third out. Two innings later, the Braves had a call overturned as Andrelton Simmons threw out Luis Sardinas trying to advance from second to third base after Sardinas was originally called safe.
Martin dove back behind the bag and reached out to tag the bag with his right hand, but was called out by first-base umpire Adrian Johnson. Interim Rangers manager Tim Bogar challenged the ruling, but after a review of 2 minutes, 8 seconds, the ruling on the field stood.
The play ended a potential rally as the Rangers would have had men on first and third had the call been reversed.
The Braves' challenge was a much quicker one, lasting just 47 seconds. Michael Choice hit a routine ground ball to Simmons at shortstop, who fired to third baseman Phil Gosselin. Sardinas was called safe at third before Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez successfully challenged the play.
Instead of having runners on the corners with one out and the top of the Rangers' lineup coming up, they had just the man on first with two out. Braves left-hander Mike Minor got out of the inning without allowing the Rangers to extend their 2-0 lead.
Christian Corona is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.