SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- For the second time in a week, Mark
Teixeira thought he had a game-winning or go-ahead hit in the ninth
inning for Texas.
Both times, the umpires ruled otherwise.
Teixeira hit a liner down the right field line with the bases
loaded in the ninth Tuesday night that appeared to land fair off
the chalk but it was ruled foul, preserving the San Francisco
Giants' 5-3 victory over the Rangers.
Texas would have taken the lead on the play.
Infuriated with the call, Teixeira sprinted toward first base
umpire Tom Hallion to argue in an animated tirade and was thrown
out -- the third of four Rangers ejections on this wild night.
Last Tuesday night, it looked as if Teixeira connected for a
two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, but as the ball passed
over or near the right field foul pole, first base umpire Bill
Welke ruled it foul.
"That was a separate incident, but that still doesn't make it
any easier," Teixeira said. "Everyone saw it. ... I honestly
couldn't believe it. It blew my mind that that was the call. I
didn't know what to do."
The crazy ending overshadowed another fine performance by Giants
starter Matt Morris, who won three straight starts for the first
time this season and improved to 7-0 in interleague play over the
last two years.
Randy Winn hit a three-run homer in the second inning, doubled
and singled twice for the Giants.
Morris (6-7) pitched eight strong innings to remain undefeated
in eight interleague starts since beating Oakland on June 15, 2004,
while with St. Louis. He gave up six hits, struck out seven and
walked two. He has a 2.19 ERA in June.
Barry Bonds returned to the lineup for the Giants after leaving
Sunday's game against the Athletics following the second inning
with irritation in his left knee.
Kevin Millwood (8-4) intentionally walked Bonds in the first
with Winn on third and two outs, drawing boos from the crowd. Bonds
doubled to right-center to start the third and scored on Mark
Sweeney's single. Bonds was intentionally walked again in the
fourth, and walked leading off the seventh to reach base safely in
11 straight plate appearances -- going 3-for-3 with eight walks
during that stretch.
Jason Ellison replaced him in left field to start the eighth.
Sweeney had three singles, drove in a run and scored, and
Eliezer Alfonzo had two hits and scored a run for the Giants, who
are 6-7 against the American League this season.
Texas' Michael Young struck out looking to end the fifth inning
against Morris and threw his bat to the ground and was immediately
ejected by home plate umpire Larry Young.
Rangers manager Buck Showalter immediately sprinted out of the
dugout and began yelling in the umpire's face and was quickly
ejected. Showalter also walked down the third base line and bowed
with both arms toward the Giants' dugout.
Showalter, who had already been out twice previously to argue,
was ejected for the second time this season. It was the first for
Texeira and Mark DeRosa were ejected in the ninth.
"We had two guys thrown out who had never been thrown out
before," Showalter said. "It's embarrassing for baseball. It was
an easy call. It hit the chalk line."
DeRosa, who was lifted for a pinch runner after his walk, was
ejected after he ran out to protest.
Larry Young said he did not "get a good look" on the play. The
Rangers were reviewing it in their clubhouse afterward.
"But as far as we could tell, it was foul," Larry Young said.
"I believe the call was correct."
Gerald Laird finished Teixeira's at-bat and flied out to left to
end the game.
Giants manager Felipe Alou wasn't sure.
"I can't see that far," he said. "Some guys said it was fair
or close, some guys said it was foul. ... I know I went home many
times when I knew I won."
Millwood, who no-hit the Giants in 2003 while with the
Philadelphia Phillies, matched his career high for hits allowed
with 12 in six innings on the way to losing on the road for the
first time in eight starts this season. He allowed five runs,
struck out six and walked three.
He had won his last five decisions dating to a loss to the
Minnesota Twins on May 9, and was 2-0 in interleague outings.
Barajas homered in the ninth and Kevin Mench had two hits for
the Rangers, who lost two of three to Colorado in a weekend
Morris faced Texas for the first time. ... Millwood is 5-3
in nine career starts against San Francisco. He also gave up 12
hits on April 19 and 29. ... Giants RF Moises Alou missed his
eighth straight game with lower back spasms. ... San Francisco SS
Omar Vizquel was held out of the lineup with what trainer Stan
Conte called "muscular tightness" in his back. ... Winn is
9-for-14 (.643) lifetime against Millwood, who fell to 5-1 on the
road this year. ... RHP reliever Nick Massett made his major league
debut for Texas.