Arlington — A finger of Marcus Semien’s batting glove made the difference between a lineout and a crucial double play in the Rangers’ 9-3 loss to the Astros in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.
The Rangers runner was sliding onto the bag at first base after Houston’s Jose Abreu caught a 108.6 mph line drive from Corey Seager in the fifth inning Thursday night.
Abreu lunged to tag Semien just as Semien’s hand reached the base, and first base umpire Jordan Baker ruled Semien safe.
The Astros challenged, and video review showed Abreu’s glove grazed one of the fingers of Semien’s batting glove in Semien’s back pocket.
The Rangers had two runners with no outs and were trailing 7-3 when Seager came up after hitting a solo home run in his previous at-bat. Seager hit a slider from reliever Hunter Brown directly to Abreu playing behind Semien.
After the double play, rookie Evan Carter lined into deep center field.
The series, tied 2-2, continues Friday in Texas.