Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 5/17/12
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. "I'm going to do whatever I can to help the team win and luckily I was able to beat that one out and push a run across." The rally began with a two-run homer by Adrian Beltre, but it continued with small ball. Following the homer, Nelson Cruz reached on an infield single and Yorvit Torrealba drew a walk. It was Cruz who scored on Gentry's infield hit and Torrealba who came around on Andrus' single. Small ball proved to be the spark the Rangers' offense needed after looking flat in losing the two games against Kansas City. On Wednesday, the offense again looked to be in a malaise until breaking out in the fourth. Andrus led off the game with an infield single but was erased on a double play. Gentry leads the Rangers with two bunt hits this season. The Rangers put two on in the third, including Gentry's bunt single, but the threat ended with a soft fly-out and a pop-up to the catcher. "Coming off this last series against Kansas City, we struggled as an offense," Gentry said. "Starting off the game, you could still feel like that little sluggish feeling. Luckily we were able to get it going there and get some runs across." Part of the reason for the sluggish offense has been missing pieces. Several core starters rested against the Royals and the Rangers founds themselves without two starters again Wednesday. Infielder Michael Young got a scheduled day off while leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler was a late scratch because of a stomach virus. With a depleted lineup, the Rangers needed to get contributions out of role players like Gentry. In addition to using his speed to get on base, Gentry sprinted to haul in a deep drive by Oakland's Seth Smith in the eighth. "He certainly ran that one down in center field," Washington said. "And he hustled, he got us that other run, and then Elvis came up and got us another one. We played hard tonight and it paid off for us." Follow Keith Whitmire on Twitter: @Keith_Whitmire
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