Texas Rangers: Scott Sizemore
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
LF Josh Hamilton
3B Michael Young
RF Nelson Cruz
DH Mike Napoli
1B Mitch Moreland
C Yorvit Torrealba
CF Endy Chavez
SP Colby Lewis
2B Jemile Weeks
3B Scott Sizemore
DH Hideki Matsui
LF Josh Willingham
RF David DeJesus
1B Brandon Allen
CF Ryan Sweeney
C Landon Powell
SS Eric Sogard
SP Trevor Cahill
Rangers ace C.J. Wilson moved to 9-3 on the season after allowing four runs on five hits in seven innings of work in the 8-5 victory over the Oakland A's.
Wilson, who faced 28 batters, struck out eight and walked three.
His toughest inning came in the sixth when he allowed two runs to score on a single to shallow left and a double. After that, Wilson went to work. He struck out Scott Sizemore looking and Conor Jackson and Ryan Sweeney swinging to end the inning.
"They hit two balls hard off me the whole night," Wilson said. "Two. They're bunting and doing everything they can to score one run. They scored a couple of runs like that. I'm not paying attention to the base runner when we're up seven, go ahead steal a base. It's not good baseball, that's how I look at it."
Wilson, who won his fifth consecutive start, had a 44 2/3 inning homerless streak end in the second inning when Sizemore hit a solo shot. It was the first homer allowed by Wilson since May 31 when Tampa Bay's Matt Joyce connected on a two-run shot.
But it was that sixth inning where Wilson really established himself by getting those strikeouts.
"I just had to turn up the dial there and strike everybody out because giving up infield hits and bunts and stuff like that, you try to force contact to speed the game up," Wilson said. "You feel like you do the umpires a favor and the fans a favor if you have a quick game, and the pace was flying there for a while. I started missing a little bit for no reason, just the best of intentions. It wasn't like I wasn't challenging guys."
The Rangers are 12-7 when Wilson pitches this season and 36-16 overall since last year.
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