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Rangers beat Red Sox 9-5, but Hernandez’s ejection of Woodward overshadows victory

What was behind Woodward’s first career ejection?

Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward was ejected Tuesday night by umpire Angel Hernandez, and he explains what led to his early exit.
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Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward was ejected Tuesday night by umpire Angel Hernandez, and he explains what led to his early exit.

Hunter Pence collected his first career inside-the-park home run Tuesday night, and he, Asdrubal Cabrera and Ronald Guzman drove in two runs apiece as the Texas Rangers rolled past the Boston Red Sox 9-5.

The game was plagued by a combined 16 walks, five in three-plus innings by Red Sox spot starter Darwinzon Hernandez, and the ejections of both managers.

Alex Cora was given the heave in the fifth after Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi was tossed by first-base umpire Vic Carapazza, and Rangers manager Chris Woodward was ejected an inning later by plate ump Angel Hernandez following a dispute on whether the Rangers could review a disputed call at second base.

It was the first ejection for Woodward as a manager.

Ariel Jurado (4-2) allowed three runs in six innings for the Rangers, who improved to a season-high six games above .500 at 36-30. The Red Sox, the reigning world champions, fell to .500 at 34-34.

The Pence homer came in a three-run sixth. He hit a slicing flyball down the right-field line, and right fielder Brock Holt leaped to catch hit.

The ball hit the wall just over Holt and caromed further into right field as Nomar Mazara and Pence sprinted around the bases.

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After 11 seasons covering the Rangers for the Star-Telegram, Jeff Wilson knows that baseball is a 24/7/365 business and there is far more to baseball than just the 162 games each season. There’s also more to Jeff -- like a family and impressive arsenals of Titleist hats and adidas shoes -- but sometimes it’s hard to tell.
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