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Delino DeShields costs Rangers a run in strange play against Blue Jays

Baseball is funny sometimes: had Delino DeShields run a little faster or a little slower, the Rangers could have taken a one-run lead against the Blue Jays in the top of the seventh inning of Monday's night game in Toronto.

With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the seventh reliever Gavin Floyd was called on to face Rougned Odor and to keep the game tied 1-1. Odor hit Floyd's 2-1 offering on the fly to right-centre field, deep enough for Mitch Moreland, the runner on third, to score.

However, all three Rangers runners had decided to tag and advance. Blue Jays centre fielder Kevin Pillar caught the ball and made a perfect throw to second base and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki tagged out DeShields, the runner from first to end the inning. The original ruling on the field was that Moreland had crossed home plate before DeShields was tagged for the third out, so the run should have counted; however upon review it was clear that DeShields had been tagged out just before Moreland reached home.


So in this play we reached a situation where the run would've scored had DeShields reached second faster and been safe, continuing the inning, or had he reached second a bit slower, allowing Moreland to score before getting tagged out.

Because the replay review occured in the mid-seventh, Blue Jays fans at the Rogers Centre enjoyed the usual stretch in the eighth inning instead.