CLEVELAND -- Adrian Beltre's three-run home run in the 11th inning was the big blow in the Rangers 5-2 victory over the Indians on Saturday. But Craig Gentry, who had entered the game on defense in the eighth inning, made it happen in two different ways.
Gentry led off the inning by drawing a walk off of side-arming right-handed reliever Joe Smith. That's only the eighth walk that Gentry has drawn in 117 career plate appearances against right-handers.
"At that point, I'm trying everything I can to get on base," said Gentry, who showed bunt a couple of times during the at-bat. "Then he got behind in the count, it went to 3-1, and I was taking all the way. It went to 3-2, and I saw the last pitch was going to be a ball coming out of his hand."
Nelson Cruz followed with a double-play grounder right at second baseman Jason Kipnis. But Gentry hustled hard to second base and slid hard into shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who dropped the ball while trying to make the relay to first base. That kept the Indians from turning their fourth double play of the game.
"Gentry got down there quick enough where Cabrera couldn't get in proper position to make the throw," manager Ron Washington said. "He was thinking about how to get out of there, and the next thing you know the ball comes out."