ARLINGTON, Texas -- A game that featured some sloppy defense by the Rangers had one sparkling play near the end Sunday.
Craig Gentry leaped up and reached over the center field wall to rob the Twins' Joe Mauer of a two-run homer in the top of the ninth.
The Rangers trailed, 6-5, at the time and two more runs would have all but sunk their comeback chances. The Rangers failed to score in the bottom of the ninth, but Gentry's catch at least gave them a chance.
"The catch was huge," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We were one swing away from tying the ballgame."
Gentry showed no ill effects from a fifth-inning collision with second baseman Ian Kinsler. Both players were chasing a fly ball when Gentry called off Kinsler just before impact.
Gentry made the catch but stayed on the ground for several minutes. He eventually was able to walk off the field and then bat leadoff in the bottom of the inning.
"I guess he got the wind knocked out of him...