ARLINGTON -- Rangers first-base coach Gary Pettis and manager Ron Washington were ejected by first-base umpire Angel Hernandez in the seventh inning of Texas' 5-2 loss to the Florida Marlins on Sunday. As soon as Marlins pitcher Michael Dunn threw to first in an attempt to pick off Nelson Cruz, Pettis could be seen pointing at Dunn, seeming to suggest that Dunn balked. After a short rundown, Cruz was tagged out. Pettis was inquiring to Hernandez about a balk, and soon afterward, was ejected.
Washington felt Hernandez ejected Pettis without any sort of provocation. "[Pettis] didn't [erupt]," Washington said. "Angel is just bad. That's all there is to it." When Washington stepped in to clarify the situation, Washington got visibly angry. He got in Hernandez's face and kept shouting until he was tossed as well. "I was out there to see what went on with Gary, and [Hernandez] said something to me, and I said something to him," Washington said. "Next thing I know, I'm gone, too." The ejections mark the second of the season for both Pettis and Washington. "I must have said something I shouldn't have, and I guess Gary did, too," Washington said.