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Watch: Elvis Andrus really commits to the hit and run

Ron Washington put on the hit and run in the top of the ninth inning of the Rangers' 4-3 win over the A's Monday night. Michael Choice was on first with no one out. Elvis Andrus was at the plate with a 1-1 count. Choice took off with Dan Otero's pitch. The A's pitched out, but Andrus would not leave his slow-footed teammate hanging. So, the above happened (gif courtesy FanGraphs' Drew Sheppard).

The result was Choice's first major league stolen base as A's catcher John Jaso one-upped Andrus's swing by throwing the ball ten feet over the shortstop and into center field (gif courtesy Kazuto Yamazaki).

Andrus, showing his continued commitment to hitting behind the runner, then pushed Choice to third by grounding out to the right side of the infield for the first out of the inning. Unfortunately, despite Andrus' many (unofficial) sacrifices, Choice was stranded as Otero struck out Alex Rios and, after issuing Prince Fielder his ninth intentional walk of the young season, getting Kevin Kouzmanoff to ground out. No matter, Joakim Soria worked around a throwing error by Andrus, whose determination to move the runners would not be limited to his own team, to nail down the win in the bottom of the inning.
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