ARLINGTON -- After the Rangers scored three times in the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead in Monday's series-opening win, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado led the fifth off with what initially appeared to be a base hit through the left side of the Rangers' infield.
But Elvis Andrus backhanded the ball in shallow left field, leaped, and with his body falling toward the foul line in left field, threw Machado out by a half-step. Nick Markakis singled off Rangers starter Ryan Dempster in the next at-bat, but the Orioles did not score in the inning. The Rangers went on to win their third straight game, 5-1.
"He hit the ball pretty well," Andrus said. "As soon as I was anticipating catching the ball, I knew that to make the out, I just had to make a good throw. He's a really good runner. He's a big kid, but he can move. I had to make a quick and accurate throw."
Manager Ron Washington said it was among the best plays he's seen in five seasons at the helm of the club.
"For me, it was No. 1 because if that guy gets on the bag, you don't know what that inning turns into," Washington said. "If he would have taken one more step before he got up, he wouldn't have got him. He caught it, stepped and threw. It was rhythmic. He got there on time. It was perfect."