The American League Championship Series is tied at 2-2 after Houston’s 10-3 win over the Texas Rangers on


Marcus Semien was on the wrong side of luck in Game Four after he was tagged out on his batting gloves after a line drive in the Ranger final attempt at a rally in what ended up being a 10-3 loss to Dusty Baker and his Astros.


Baseball is a game of inches and that is the reality Semien will have to flush and deal with after he was caught too far off of first base after a line drive straight to Jose Abreu.


“Just bad luck, if I sprint back on that liner, I probably get hit with the ball,” Semien told reporters postgame when describing the play that felt like the final dagger in the backs of Texas.

“Just a tough play and a good play by Abreu.”


Texas trailed 7-3 and had their first two batters of the inning reach base in the bottom of the fifth inning.


Semien, who began the game with a 103 MPH line out to center field ended the night 1-for-4 and is still batting under .200 in the ALCS, singled before being called out after instant replay showed he was tagged on his gloves.


“I have worn my gloves in my back pocket my entire career and that has never happened,” said Semien.

“Of course, in the ALCS it happens.  It is tough, you want to get a big inning there.  We get two hits; Corey hits the ball hard and instead there are two outs.


ALCS Tied At 2-2: Now A Three-Game Series 


After securing postseason career win #56 Dusty Baker and the Astros evened up the series at 2-2, making it a best-of-three from here on out.

Houston was 8-for-16 with runners in scoring position in Game Four and the top five hitters in his lineup were 9-for-19 for a .474 average with eight RBI, five walks and eight runs scored.

Game Five will begin Friday afternoon at 4 P.M. Central time in Arlington.

With a lefty on the mound for Texas, Michael Brantley will probably be looked to be used off the bench as a weapon at the plate.

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