ARLINGTON, Texas Batting ninth in the lineup is not the optimal place to provide spark to an offense, but Rangers center fielder Craig Gentry made the most of it Wednesday.
Gentry got on base twice with a bunt single and an infield hit, the latter producing a run during the Rangers' only scoring rally in a 4-1 win over the A's.
Gentry's two-out single in the fourth brought home a run and led to another run scoring. Gentry's speed was the difference as he beat a double-clutch throw from third baseman Josh Donaldson to keep the inning alive.
"That was a big infield hit, good hustle on him," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I don't know how they could have forgot he can run like that, but the third baseman, you can't play with the ball when Gentry puts it in play."
After Gentry reached safely, Elvis Andrus singled to drive in the fourth run, which was all the support starter Yu Darvish needed to pick up his sixth win.
"That's what I bring to this team is speed," Gentry said....