Arlington, TX (Sports Network) – C.J. Wilson threw eight shutout innings and Michael Young homered in the opening frame as Texas edged the Angels, 1-0, in the second installment of a four-game series.
Young and Nelson Cruz each had two hits for the Rangers, who won by a 3-2 count Thursday thanks to a solid effort from Cliff Lee. One night later it was Wilson’s (9-5) turn and the southpaw didn’t disappoint, as he allowed four hits and fanned three without walking a batter.
Neftali Feliz retired the side in order in the ninth for his 27th save.
Joe Saunders (6-10), who has just one victory in his last seven starts, just can’t seem to buy a road win against Texas. The lefty limited the Rangers to seven hits, walked one and fanned six over seven innings, but has lost all six of his lifetime starts in Arlington.
Los Angeles, which lost for the 10th time in its last 12 road games, fell seven games behind the AL West-leading Rangers.
“We still have such a long way to go,” Wilson said. “We can’t take anything for granted. The main thing is we have to try and win every game. If you try to coast, you never know. Every team out of the top six or eight teams can rattle off 10 or 11 (wins) in a row.”
Rangers catcher Matt Treanor left after seven innings due to a sprained right knee. He’ll have an MRI on Saturday.
Young clubbed a 3-2 offering over the wall in left-center with one out in the opening inning for his 14th homer of the year.
The Angels didn’t have a runner past first base all night. Alberto Callaspo, playing in his first game in an Angels uniform since being traded from Kansas City on Thursday, singled with one out in the eighth inning. Kevin Frandsen flied out and pinch-hitter Maicer Izturis struck out swinging to end the inning.
“We just couldn’t get any momentum at all against Wilson,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Offensively, we hit some balls hard, but for the most part Wilson was down in the zone and pitched a good game.”
In the bottom of the seventh, Treanor hit a bouncer off Saunders. The ball caromed to second base where Howie Kendrick made a bare-handed stop and threw to first base for the out. Treanor stepped on the front of the base before tripping over the ankle of Frandsen.
Treanor remained on the ground in pain for a minute or two while he was looked at by the team trainer. He walked off the field and was replaced by Bengie Molina behind the plate for the eighth inning.
Saunders has allowed 15 home runs to the Rangers, his most vs. any opponent…This is the Rangers’ biggest lead since winning the division by eight games in 1999…Texas owns a 5-2 edge thus far in this year’s season series. The Angels have lost in 10 of 13 visits to Rangers Ballpark since the start of last season.