Defensive difference: Adrian Beltre's error

September, 30, 2011
9/30/11
9:06
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's rare to see Adrian Beltre commit an error. And even more rare to see him make a throwing error.

But that's what happened with two outs in the fifth inning and the Rangers down 6-0. Johnny Damon hit a ground ball to third base and Beltre gloved it before firing a high throw to Michael Young. The throw pulled Young off the bag, allowing the inning to continue.

C.J. Wilson, who was falling behind hitters and struggling with his command, went 3-2 on Kelly Shoppach before surrendering a two-run homer. It was Shoppach's second homer of the game.

Beltre's last error was July 1 and he had just 11 all season. Since returning from the disabled list on Sept. 1, Beltre has made his usual assortment of highlight-reel plays and has been solid defensively.

Because of the error, the two runs given up by Wilson on the homer were unearned.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
9 2.92 159 126
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .326
HRA. Beltre 14
RBIA. Beltre 53
RA. Beltre 52
OPSA. Beltre .890
ERAY. Darvish 2.92
SOY. Darvish 159