Rangers get help to win 2nd straight AL West title

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Matt Harrison (14-9) worked six innings for the Rangers against Seattle.

Harrison retired 15 of the first 16 batters he faced until four consecutive Mariners reached to start the sixth. Ichiro Suzuki had an RBI single before Robinson walked to load the bases. Dustin Ackley and Miguel Olivo followed with consecutive sacrifice flies.

Gentry hit a liner to left-center in the fourth that rolled to the wall after splitting the gap between two outfielders. Left fielder Mike Carp and center fielder Trayvon Robinson both made diving attempts to catch the ball, Robinson a few feet behind Carp.

“We did exactly what we were supposed to do, which is attack the ball. We both felt we could get it,” Robinson said. “Thank God we didn’t collide with each other or we probably wouldn’t be talking right now.”

The speedy Gentry initially wasn’t even running full speed, and made a stutter-step rounding first base before realizing the ball was rolling to the wall. He then took off and scored standing for his first career homer (in 176 at-bats over 93 games).

It was the first inside-the-park homer for the Rangers since Nelson Cruz at Oakland on Sept. 4, 2006. Cruz was on base when Gentry got his. Washington even got the ball for Gentry to have as a keepsake.

That made it 5-0 and chased rookie left-hander Anthony Vasquez (1-5), the Texas native who gave up three homers and seven hits over 3 1-3 innings.

After Young led off the second with a single, his 206th hit of the season, Beltre followed with a towering 409-foot homer to left, his 29th. That also gave him 100 RBIs, his third career 100-RBI season, and nine homers in 12 games.

An inning later, Hamilton went deep for the sixth time in 10 games. His 25th homer was a 433-foot solo blast over the Rangers bullpen in right-center for a 3-0 lead.

“The one Beltre hit got us on the board first and Hamilton gave us some room,” Washington said. “Then Gentry hit one in the perfect spot, split the outfielders and did the rest with his legs. All of them were impressive.”

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