Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz (17) celebrates after scoring in the eighth inning with Texas Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton (32) catcher Mike Napoli (25) against the Oakland Athletics in the eighth inning at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. (photo: US PRESSWIRE)
ARLINGTON, TX - Craig Gentry crushed a go-ahead three-run triple in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Rangers to a 4-3 victory over the Athletics in the second test of a four-game series Friday at Rangers Ballpark.
Trailing 2-0, Texas loaded the bases in the eighth as Grant Balfour (1-2) surrendered a one-out single to Elvis Andrus before walking Josh Hamilton and Michael Young around an Adrian Beltre fly out.
Nelson Cruz then worked a walk to plate the Rangers first run and Ryan Cook entered from the bullpen.
Gentry then belted Cook's second offering deep to left over the head of Yoenis Cespedes, clearing the bases as he slid into third with a triple.
Tanner Scheppers surrendered a two-out solo shot to Chris Carter in the ninth, but retired Brandon Hicks on a weak groundball to second to nail down his first major league save and give the Rangers their fourth straight victory.
Matt Harrison (11-3) allowed two runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts over eight innings to earn the victory. He is now tied with Tampa Bay's David Price for the American League lead in wins after Price led the Rays to a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday.
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