Rangers bobble, but win on play at the plate

Rick Yeatts

It wasn't the most conventional save, but it got the job done just the same.

The Rangers and Athletics are locked in what will likely be a season-long battle for the AL West. Said battle nearly went in the A's favor on Thursday, but the Rangers turned a mistake into a victory in a matter of seconds.

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Up 4-3, with two outs in the ninth and Josh Donaldson on first base following a single, Texas closer Joe Nathan gave up another single to Seth Smith. It should have just been that, but center fielder Craig Gentry bobbled the ball after playing it on a bounce, and it got away from him -- the A's responded by sending Josh Donaldson home.

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This is a prime example of baseball being weird, because the only reason Donaldson was thrown out at the plate rather than held was due to a mistake the Rangers made -- it probably could have gone as an error, since it was a playable ball that Gentry miffed, but instead went as a single with an outfield assist to end the game.

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