LOS ANGELES (AP) – Keone Kela made a rookie mistake, and it cost the Texas Rangers a chance to win four in a row from the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.
Kela balked home pinch-runner Kike Hernandez with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Rangers lost a 1-0 heartbreaker Thursday night after spot starter Anthony Ranaudo pitched on even terms with 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke.
Kela (4-4), who preserved the Rangers’ 5-3 win Wednesday night with his first major league save, walked Yasmani Grandal and Andre Ethier to open the ninth. First baseman Mitch Moreland then turned Alberto Callaspo’s grounder into a 3-6-3 double play, but the right-hander was rattled by Hernandez’s bluff toward the plate with a 1-2 count on Jimmy Rollins, and was called for the balk simultaneously by plate umpire Marvin Hudson and first base…
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