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Hot-hitting Gentry stays in lineup vs. right-hander

Hot-hitting Gentry stays in lineup vs. right-hander

Hot-hitting Gentry stays in lineup vs. right-hander

KANSAS CITY -- Rangers manager Ron Washington went with the same lineup for two straight games, meaning Craig Gentry was in left field on Sunday. It was his second straight start against a right-hander, but Gentry is 7-for-9 with four stolen bases in his past two games.

"It's only two games, I just have to keep it going," Gentry said. "Whatever I can do to help the team. All it comes down to is winning games. We have to get something going and finish the season off."

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Gentry, going into Sunday's game, was 12-for-35 in September, a .343 average that is the highest on the Rangers among players with at least 20 at-bats this month.

"He's doing a good job," Washington said. "It's a case of riding the hot hand."

David Murphy started for the third straight game after going 2-for-6 with a pair of doubles in the first two games. It was the first time this month that he has started three straight games.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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