Oakland’s Melvin ejected over suicide squeeze call

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin has been ejected after

arguing a call on a suicide squeeze that gave the Texas Rangers the

lead.

A’s starter Brandon McCarthy thought he caught a bunt from Elvis

Andrus in the air and threw to third base for what he figured would

be a double play. Instead, home plate umpire Laz Diaz ruled

McCarthy trapped the ball, and Craig Gentry was safe at home,

giving the Rangers a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning Thursday.

Melvin immediately ran from the dugout and gestured repeatedly

at Diaz, who finally ejected the manager.

Replays were inconclusive.

Grant Balfour replaced McCarthy and kept the Rangers from

expanding the lead. Oakland it on Josh Reddick’s home run in the

seventh.