May 26, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (1) jesters with his bench after the inning in which he hit a 2 run double against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Rangers win 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers and Nationals challenge the same play, Rangers lose both ends

Replay weirdness from Sunday’s Nationals-Rangers game as an attempted double-steal results in both teams challenging the same play and the Rangers coming out on the losing end of both challenges.

In the first inning with runners on first and third, the Rangers’ Alex Rios attempted to steal second but was gunned down by Wilson Ramos for the third out. On the play, Elvis Andrus broke home and was ruled to have crossed the plate before Rios was thrown out, giving the Rangers a run.

The play resulted in each team calling for a challenge. The Rangers challenged the out call at second base while the Nationals challenged that Andrus crossed the plate ahead of the out being recorded at second.

The call at second was upheld by replay. The call that Andrus had crossed the plate before the out was overturned by replay, taking the run off the board for the Rangers.

So, the Rangers managed to come out on the losing end of two simultaneous challenges. That’s one for the scrapbook I would say. Thank goodness we had replay to sort out that mess.

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