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April 21, 2014

Rangers happy with 7-3 homestand despite blowout loss

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ARLINGTON, Texas —

Ventura unsuccessfully challenged, claiming the ball hit De Aza or the bat. The ruling from umpires in New York was that the call on the field stood — that the batter was out on a checked swing.

De Aza said the ball hit both his hand and the bat. The ball appeared to change direction for some reason.

“I’m not even going to check (replay). I know what happened,” De Aza said. “I’m just in shock, that’s all I can say.”

Ventura got no real explanation on the final decision.

“It’s another one of those vague it just stands,” he said. “They’re saying they don’t have any evidence that it hit the bat.”

Reliever Shawn Tolleson got the third consecutive strikeout in the inning before the Rangers opted to intentionally walk Danks. Semien then tripled off the base of the left-center field wall to make it 8-2.

Tyler Flowers, who had three hits, had a leadoff single in the fifth, then went to third on Semien’s one-out grounder when third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff made a throwing error while trying to start a double play. Conor Gillaspie had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly before Abreu hit his fifth homer.

Johnson allowed only a single, but the right-hander walked the leadoff batter the first four innings and threw only 44 of his 87 pitches for strikes. Texas also scored on a wild pitch, and had another runner thrown out trying to do the same.

“You’re either effectively wild or effectively lucky,” Ventura said.

Josh Wilson drew a leadoff walk and scored on a sac fly by Shin-Soo Choo in the Texas third, which ended when Leonys Martin got tagged out trying to score on pitch that ricocheted off the backstop.

Elvis Andrus walked to start the fourth, then went to third on a stolen base and errant throw by catcher Flowers before scoring on a wild pitch.

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