ARLINGTON -- The Rangers want Craig Gentry to play aggressively in center field. They just want him to understand what is the right situation.
That was the message sent after the Rangers' 4-2 victory over the Mariners on Monday night. Gentry missed making a diving catch in the eighth inning, and it almost got the Rangers in trouble.
"I don't want to take his aggressiveness away," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "But there are certain times in a game where you don't want to take a chance. I don't want to stop him from being aggressive, but I just want him to understand situations."
The Rangers led, 4-1, in the top of the eighth. The Mariners had a runner on first with nobody out and Brendan Ryan at the plate. Ryan hit a soft line drive into right-center and Gentry missed making a diving catch. The ball rolled to the fence, allowing one run to score, but Ryan was thrown out at the plate. Right fielder Nelson Cruz backed up on the play and fired to second baseman Ian Kinsler, who threw out Ryan at the plate.
Washington said there was no need to take that chance with the Rangers up by three runs.
"It could have been bad if Cruz had not been on the job or we didn't make two good relay throws," Washington said. "If one of the relay throws is off, we have an inside-the-park home run. Yes it was aggressive, but you have to remember what part of the game it is."