ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers saved their best for last in Thursday's win over Oakland.
Two perfect relay throws by center fielder Craig Gentry and shortstop Elvis Andrus made for an easy tag for catcher A.J. Pierzynski at home plate to end the game.
The 4-3 win wasn't always a thing a beauty as it dragged out for three hours and 39 minutes, but the Rangers found perfection at the end.
With Josh Donaldson on first, Seth Smith hit a sinking liner to center field. Craig Gentry, a ninth-inning defensive replacement, came in to field the ball, then pulled up to let it drop.
As Donaldson rounded second base, the ball skipped sideways off Gentry's torso. A lot Rangers' fans hearts skipped, too.
"It's a tough play because it's a low line drive," Gentry said. "Off the bat, you don't know how far it's going to carry and you don't want to just lay back on it and wonder afterwards, Could I have caught that?' You definitely want to n...