Mills ejected after arguing double-play call

Mills ejected after arguing double-play call

Mills ejected after arguing double-play call
HOUSTON -- Astros manager Brad Mills was ejected for the fourth time this season after arguing a double-play call in the sixth inning of Tuesday's 7-3 loss against the Rangers.

Jeff Keppinger was called out at first base on the back end of an inning-ending double play by first-base umpire Bob Davidson, although Keppinger appeared to have beaten the throw.

"I thought it was pretty easy to see, but he saw it the other way," Keppinger said. "That's the way the game goes. Those guys make mistakes out there, too."

Mills argued with Davidson until Jerry Layne, the third-base umpire and crew chief, ended the discussion by tossing out Mills. Bench coach Al Pedrique managed the rest of the game.

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"We thought he was safe," Pedrique said. "Maybe that could have changed the game a little bit, kept the inning alive. It went the other way, and we didn't get the call right. It happens."

Keppinger hit a grounder to shortstop Andres Blanco, who tossed the ball to Ian Kinsler at second base for the first out. Kinsler turned and fired to first to complete the double play.

Mills' last ejection came on June 19 against the Dodgers when he and Michael Bourn were ejected for arguing balls and strikes.

Rowan Kavner is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.