4-base error on ball over fence helps Rangers top Angels 7-3

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Los Angeles Angels right fielder Jo Adell puts his hands on his head after a fly ball by Texas Rangers' Nick Solak popped out of his glove and over the right field wall for a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)

ARLINGTON, Texas – Los Angeles Angels right fielder Jo Adell went back on a deep fly ball in the fifth inning Sunday.

Looked like a fairly routine play — until it turned into anything but that.

Adell was charged with a rare four-base error when the ball popped out of the rookie’s glove and flew the few remaining feet over the fence in the Texas Rangers’ 7-3 victory.

Nick Solak hoped the original ruling of a home run would stand, but knew right away it hadn't when he saw a Texas hit replaced by a Los Angeles error on the scoreboard two innings later.

The official scorer changed what would have been Solak's first homer of the season to an error after consulting with the Elias Sports Bureau. Elias said it wasn’t aware of any precedent for a four-base error on a ball that went over the wall.

It's not the first time the Rangers have been caught up in a strange home run play — or non-homer, in this case. A little more than 27 years ago, Jose Canseco was playing right for Texas when a deep fly bounced off his head and over the fence.

“I think I deserve a home run for sure,” said Solak, who still had two hits and scored two other runs. "You know, you think like the Canseco play, I don’t even know how that was scored, hopefully a home run.

“But as a hitter I’m always kind of, if I was a scorer, I’d always err on the side of giving guys more hits. But that’s me personally, so I don’t know.”