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It has been my interpretation, gained from rules experts and interpreters over the years, that when a runner or consecutive runners (Peralta and Lamb) are forced to advance by reason of the batter (Owings) becoming a runner, an appeal of that base is always a force out, regardless of the order of appeal.
Rangers third baseman Hank Blalock fielded the Guerrero grounder and threw to second baseman Mark DeRosa for the force out at second.
But the ball bounced a few feet away from Macfarlane, who instead of stepping on the plate for the inning-ending force out, threw wildly past first baseman George Brett allowing all three Toronto runners to score.