Murphy said after the game he didn't get a good jump but thought he got under the tag, which hit him in the thigh. But second base umpire Mike DiMuro called Murphy out.
"I didn’t have a great jump, I was safe, that's the bottom line," Murphy said. "I know umpires make mistakes too. It's tough in that situation when I'm safe and I get called out."
It was the fourth time this season that Murphy was caught stealing, which leads the team. However, manager Ron Washington didn't have a problem with Murphy trying to steal second. The Rangers are an aggressive team on the bases. In the first inning, they succeed in getting a double steal which resulted in Elvis Andrus scoring.
Yet it was rather odd to see the Rangers running with two outs in the ninth inning down a run against Phillies closer Ryan Madson.
"I would have wanted to see a different ending, but that's the way we play," Washington said. "He saw an opportunity to get to second base, to get closer in scoring position, and [Carlos] Ruiz came up with a good throw. If that throw is a little high, I'm not talking about extremely high, but if it wasn't down there on the ground he's in there. A game of inches. It took that good of a throw."
It was clear in the clubhouse after the game that Murphy was not happy.
When asked what he said to DiMuro, Murphy said, "I don’t know. It was kind of a blur. In that situation, regardless of what argument you make, that is not going to change. The game's over, I don’t even remember what I said."