ARLINGTON, Texas — Rangers manager Jeff Banister was tossed from the ninth inning of the team’s 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins Monday night at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
It is Banister’s second ejection in a week, and the Texas skipper got into hot water with home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez after shortstop Elvis Andrus was called out on a third strike that appeared to be outside. Banister was displeased with several calls throughout the game.
Texas led 2-0 over Minnesota until the top of the fifth when Brian Dozier hit a three-run double to give the Twins a one-run lead over the Rangers.
Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes allowed only two runs on six hits over six innings of work to improve to 3-1 on the year. Hughes struck out two batters and walked another. Reliever Brandon Kintzler earned his fifth save of the year in the ninth inning and kept his streak alive of not allowing a run in 9.1 innings of work over nine appearances.
First baseman Mike Napoli had the Rangers’ only runs of the night. After his leadoff double in the second inning, second baseman Rougned Odor hit an RBI double. Napoli scored the second time after a hit by pitch in the fourth inning and was driven in by an RBI single from Joey Gallo, his 15th on the season.
The Rangers missed a chance to reach .500 for the first time this season (9-11). They will have a chance to pull within a game Tuesday night with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch on this station. RHP Ervin Santana (3-0, 0.64 ERA) is expected to go for Minnesota against Andrew Cashner for Texas.