Rangers unsuccessful in challenge of play at plate

Rangers unsuccessful in challenge of play at plate

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers could not get a call overturned in the eighth inning that could have been critical in their 5-4 victory over the Athletics on Saturday night.

The Rangers led, 5-2, but the Athletics had runners on first and second with two outs against reliever Roman Mendez. Josh Reddick was at the plate and lined a single to center.

Jonny Gomes, running from second, tried to score as Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin made a strong throw home. But it was also a few feet to the first-base side of the plate. Catcher Robinson Chirinos had to grab the ball, then dive back to home to tag Gomes, who was sliding feet first.

Home-plate umpire James Hoye ruled safe. Rangers manager Tim Bogar appealed, but a replay review resulted in the call standing.

A single by Jed Lowrie made it 5-4, but Alberto Callaspo flied out to end the inning.

The Rangers also had an earlier replay review go against them Saturday, when Elvis Andrus was called safe at second on a steal attempt in the third inning. Oakland manager Bob Melvin challenged the call, and after review, the call was overturned for the second out of the inning.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.