Wilson Earns 14th Win, Feliz 33rd Save In 3-0 Victory

C.J. Wilson will look to earn his 14th victory of the season tonight as the Rangers travel to Kansas City to take on the fourth place Royals.

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C.J. Wilson Wins 14th, Rangers Win 3-0

(Sports Network) – C.J. Wilson turned in 7 2/3 scoreless innings to lead Texas over Kansas City, 3-0, in the first of three between the clubs at Kauffman Stadium.

Wilson (14-5) allowed just two hits and fanned six against four walks en route to his seventh consecutive positive decision dating back to a July 11 loss to Baltimore. Neftali Feliz posted a scoreless ninth to earn his 33rd save.

Bengie Molina and Elvis Andrus both collected two hits and drove in a run for the Rangers, who had dropped three of four coming in.

Billy Butler, Willie Bloomquist and Jai Miller notched the lone hits for the Royals, who have lost five of seven.

Kyle Davies (6-9) went 8 1/3 frames in the loss, as he yielded 10 hits and three runs — two earned — while fanning six.

Texas gave Wilson all the support he needed in the second, as Nelson Cruz doubled to start the frame, went to third on a David Murphy flyout and scored on a Molina base hit.

It was 2-0 for the Rangers in the fifth as Andres Blanco struck a leadoff triple and came in when Andrus followed with a single.

The visitors tacked on a run in the ninth, as Blanco singled with one down, moved to third on an Andrus hit and scored on Michael Young’s sacrifice fly.

Wilson avoided trouble in the second. After loading the bases with two down on two walks and a single, he fanned Miller looking. He also walked two in the sixth but was aided by a double play on a Jason Kendall grounder and a Wilson Betemit groundout.

Darren O’Day was called on with Miller on first and two outs to send down pinch-hitter Alex Gordon on a liner.

Feliz closed the door in the ninth, getting around a one-out single from Butler by inducing a game-ending double play grounder from Yuniesky Betancourt.

Game Notes

Texas has won six of seven from Kansas City in the season series, and has taken 16 of 22 since the start of the 2008 campaign…Prior to the game, the Rangers activated Cruz from the 15-day disabled list…To open a roster spot, the club optioned outfielder Brandon Boggs to Triple-A Oklahoma City…Texas also recalled outfielder Craig Gentry from Oklahoma City and placed him on the 15-day DL with a fractured right wrist suffered on August 13 while playing for the Triple-A affiliate.


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Wilson Looks For 14th Win Tonight In Kansas City

(Sports Network) - The first-place Texas Rangers can get their road record to .500 and maintain a stranglehold on the American League's West Division tonight, when they visit the Kansas City Royals in the opener of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium.

The Rangers dropped an 8-2 decision to Oakland on Sunday in the rubber match of their three-game series, but still own a 7 1/2-game lead on the second- place Athletics. Texas heads to Kansas City at 30-31 in 61 road games in 2010.

A's starter Gio Gonzalez (12-8) gave up just two runs on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts for the Athletics, who took the final two games after dropping Friday's opener. Coco Crisp finished 2-for-4 with an RBI while Kevin Kouzmanoff and Mark Ellis each hit a solo home run.

Josh Hamilton hit a solo home run as well and drove in the other run for the Rangers, who have dropped three of four.

Colby Lewis (9-11) was tagged for seven runs -- six earned -- on eight hits with three walks and seven strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.

The Rangers go with breakout lefty C.J. Wilson, a former closer who's won six straight decisions since July 11.

The 29-year-old, who entered the season with 12 wins in 258 major-league appearances, picked up his 13th win of the year with a 4-3 decision over Minnesota on Aug. 25 after allowing seven hits and three runs in six innings.

He's pitched at least six innings five times and allowed three runs or less seven times in the unbeaten streak, which has seen his earned run average drop from 3.35 to 3.02 in eight starts.

Wilson tossed a complete game in his most recent meeting with the Royals, allowing five hits and a run in a 4-1 victory on May 7 in Texas.

He is 1-0 with six saves in 11 career meetings with Kansas City and 3-3 in 10 road starts this season.

For the Royals, righty Kyle Davies starts for the seventh time in his career against the Rangers while still seeking his first win.

The 26-year-old got a no-decision after he was ripped for nine hits and nine runs in four innings of a 13-12 Texas win on May 6.

He is 0-3 with a 7.62 ERA against the Rangers in 28 1/3 innings.

Davies was a 9-1 loser at Detroit in his most recent start on Aug. 24 after giving up 12 hits and seven runs in 4 2/3 innings.

His last win came Aug. 13 against the New York Yankees.

On Sunday, Mitch Maier homered and drove in two runs, helping the Royals salvage a three-game series with a 6-2 win over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

Alex Gordon added two hits, while Kila Ka'aihue had an RBI double for the Royals, who had lost four of their last five. Brayan Pena drove in a pair of runs in the win.

Bruce Chen (9-7) won for the fourth time in six starts after allowing just two runs on six hits and two walks in six-plus frames.

The Rangers had a six-game series winning streak halted in the last meeting between the club's on May 26. That victory by the Royals gave them a split of a quick two-game set at Kansas City, where Texas has still won eight of the past 11 meetings.

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