MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—The stop sign that Texas third base coach Dave Anderson put up was apparently a little too good.
“Bad call by a good umpire,” Young contended. “It’s a shame the game had to end like that.”
“Didn’t touch Dave, don’t think I was anywhere near Dave,” he said.
Down 6-2 in a matchup of AL division leaders, the Rangers scored twice in the ninth inning and had the bases loaded with two outs.
Vladimir Guerrero(notes) grounded an RBI single up the middle that Twins second baseman Orlando Hudson(notes) fielded behind the bag. Young came running around third and, in the view of third base umpire Alfonso Marquez, briefly tapped hands with Anderson.
Young then stopped and scrambled back to the bag. He made a dive and appeared to beat Hudson’s throw to third baseman Matt Tolbert(notes). But standing near the base, Marquez pointed and made the interference call for the third out.
“I think we all would have loved to have seen Cruzie get a shot at that with the bases loaded,” Young said. “It’s absolutely a shame that it had to end like that.”
Anderson claimed there was no contact, the umpires said there was.
Said Washington: “All you got to do is look at the replay, it never happened.”
Washington said he was going to talk to either Bob Watson or Frank Robinson in the commissioner’s office.
“The thing is this too many calls have been made that’s costing ballgames in 2010,” he said. “We certainly shouldn’t have a game end on something like that. Especially when you’re out there as long as you’re out for the hours you’re out there and played as hard as we played to get back in that ballgame, and have that happen.”
Crew chief Tim Tschida spoke for the umpires.
“The ruling on the play is that a base coach either touching, physically assisting in any way, with the baserunner is not allowed and the runner is called out,” Tschida said.
Tschida told a pool reporter that the Rangers argued that any contact was accidental and didn’t interfere with the runner’s progress.
“They can’t make contact,” Tschida said. “In 30 years of doing this, it’s the second time I’ve ever seen it.”
Anderson said there was no contact.
“I think Michael and I would have felt something if we had touched each other,” he said. “I haven’t looked at a replay or anything, but I didn’t feel anything and I don’t think Michael felt anything. The disappointing thing is that Michael was safe getting back to third base or would have been safe.”
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, a longtime third-base coach, said the Twins once lost a game at Seattle in the same manner.
“Unfortunately, it probably didn’t help him stop, or didn’t help him get back,” Gardenhire said. “But contact is contact, and that’s what Alfonso called.”
The Rangers felt like the call took away an opportunity to get something tangible out of their weekend in Minneapolis. Over the first 26 innings of the series, Texas was outscored 22-9. The Rangers, however, got five hits off of Twins relievers Jon Rauch(notes) and Matt Capps(notes) in the ninth and had a chance to win.
Texas still leads Oakland by eight games in the AL West.
“It’s really frustrating,” Ian Kinsler(notes) said. “You get the game taken away from you, that’s what it feels like. Who knows what Cruz would have done. He could have popped up, struck out, hit a triple. No one knows what could have happened with Cruz, but it would have been nice to see what could have happened.”
The interference call was the only out Capps got while posting his ninth save in 11 tries with Minnesota. Capps has 35 saves overall with Washington and the Twins.
The Twins remained 3 1/2 games ahead of Chicago in the AL Central and completed a difficult stretch for them. Over the past five weeks, Minnesota played 17 games against contenders Tampa Bay, Texas and the White Sox.
Beginning with Monday’s game against Kansas City, the Twins play 18 of their final 25 games against teams that are currently under .500.
Nick Blackburn (9-9) went seven innings in his third consecutive quality start since being recalled from the minors. C.J. Wilson(notes) (14-6) struggled for 5 1-3 innings, giving up all six runs on seven hits and had his seven-game winning streak come to an end.
Notes: As expected, Texas OF Josh Hamilton(notes) was not in the Rangers lineup a day after crashing into the left-field wall at Target Field and injuring his ribs. There is no timetable for a return to action for Hamilton, who leads the majors with a .361 batting average.