Elvis Andrus says he'll learn from mistake

ARLINGTON, Texas -- As soon as third baseman Danny Valencia applied the tag, Elvis Andrus knew he had screwed up. He got up, trotted back to the dugout and shook his head.

Andrus had tried to steal third base with one out and Michael Young at the plate. But the attempt failed and the Rangers' cleanup hitter stood up there with two outs and nobody to try to drive in. Andrus cringed when he saw Young slap a single a few pitches later.

"I was trying to do too much," Andrus said. "Everybody who plays baseball when you get thrown out and you see the next guy get a hit, you feel like you could have scored had you stayed there. I want to learn from that and try not to do it again."

Andrus said he was trying to get his team going and stay aggressive. But instead of reminding himself that he was in scoring position with the No. 2 RBI man on the team and one of the top clutch hitters in the game at the plate, Andrus was only thinking about advancing a base so he could score on a fly ball or a well-placed grounder.

"It was a bad decision," manager Ron Washington said. "We were down three runs and he had already done a great thing getting to second base. He was trying to make something happen and he tried to make it happen at the wrong time. We just have to get smarter at second base down three runs with the middle of the lineup coming. It's a learning experience for Elvis. When he gets out there sometimes, he feels like he's Superman. He's the guy that makes things go. Sometimes he just tried something. He'll learn from it."

Before the steal attempt of third, Andrus made a smart aggressive play. Josh Hamilton's well-hit fly ball was hit too high to get the jet stream benefit and it was caught on the warning track in center. Andrus tagged up and slid into second in time. That put a runner in scoring position with one out for Young. But then Andrus was in the dugout moments later (without touching home, of course) when he was tagged out at third.

"I was trying to wake up everybody and let's do something positive for the team," Andrus said. "But sometimes you have to realize that you can force stuff. We were down three and I should have stayed at second base and let Michael hit."