Dyson: Bautista needs to 'respect the game' more

The Texas Rangers seemed to have luck on their side when a controversial play in Wednesday's American League Division Series sided in their favor and gave them a late-inning lead.

Unfortunately, the baseball gods crashed down heavily on the Rangers when three consecutive errors in the seventh inning gave the Toronto Blue Jays the jump start they needed to come from behind and clinch the series after a thunderous home run from Jose Bautista.

(Courtesy: MLB.com)

Rangers right-hander Sam Dyson - who got into a few frantic situations during the contest, including face-to-face confrontations with Troy Tulowitzki and Edwin Encarnacion - was responsible for allowing the Bautista long ball.

The reliever disagreed with Bautista's exuberant bat flip after he hammered the ball into the outfield stands.

"Jose needs to calm that down," Dyson told Barry Svrluga of The Washington Post. "Just kind of respect the game a little more. He's a huge role model for the younger generation that's coming up playing this game, and I mean he's doing stuff that kids do in Whiffle ball games and backyard baseball. It shouldn't be done."

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An emotional Elvis Andrus, who was responsible for the biggest of his team's three errors in the inning as he dropped a routine catch at third, took the loss to heart.

"Believe me. This is the toughest time in my career right now," he said. "It's a lot of pain right now."

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