NEW YORK -- These romps around the bases fit the Texas Rangers just fine.
Craig Gentry turned a spot start into a tiebreaking hit and the Rangers avoided a four-game sweep in a matchup of AL division leaders, rallying past the New York Yankees 10-6 Thursday.
Texas had lost eight straight at Yankee Stadium overall. The high-scoring Rangers had done little in this series, too, totaling only four runs before getting 16 hits in the finale.
"I don’t know about putting up 10 runs every night," manager Ron Washington said. "It’s certainly the offense I expect to see most nights."
Gentry started for the first time in two weeks, and his two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning put the Rangers ahead 7-5. Adrian Beltre also had three RBIs, and Josh Hamilton doubled twice and scored three times.
"We know what we’re capable of," said David Murphy, who contributed three hits.
Taking no chances, Washington summoned closer Joe Nathan for the first time in more than a week to finish it out in a non-save situation.
Ichiro Suzuki got three hits for the Yankees, who had won seven of eight.
Texas tagged starter Ivan Nova and a shaky New York bullpen.
"It’s going to happen. Our guys aren’t going to be perfect out there," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Texas took a 2-0 lead into the sixth before both teams broke loose with the bats. It was a seesaw from then on, with the
Murphy hit a tying RBI double off Boone Logan (4-1) and, after an intentional walk that loaded the bases, Gentry lined a tiebreaking single up the middle off Joba Chamberlain.
Gentry delivered his first hit since July 29 and tied a career best for RBIs. Working out and staying fresh is the key to being ready, he said.
"Definitely don’t mentally shut it down," Gentry said.
The Yankees closed to 7-6 in the bottom half on Mark Teixeira’s RBI grounder. Reliever Michael Kirkman struck out Andruw Jones, who’d homered the previous inning, with runners at the corners to prevent further damage.
Beltre added a sacrifice fly and Geovany Soto hit an RBI single in the eighth off a struggling Chamberlain.
"There’s some inconsistency. He’ll make some really good pitches and then miss his spot," Girardi said.