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Lee Looks To Match Wilson's Brilliance In Baltimore

(Sports Network) - Cliff Lee hopes to follow up C.J. Wilson's strong performance with one of his own, as the Texas Rangers continue a four-game set against the Baltimore Orioles today at Camden Yards.

Last night, Wilson and Neftali Feliz combined on a three-hitter and Mitch Moreland homered as Texas shut down Baltimore, 2-0, in the second meeting of the set.

Wilson (12-5) allowed three hits over 8 2/3 innings while walking only one and striking out a career-high 12 for the Rangers, who snapped a four-game slide. Feliz came on to record the final out and earn his 30th save.

Josh Hamilton ended a three-game hitless streak with two hits, including an RBI single, and Elvis Andrus added two hits and a run scored for Texas, which halted a five-game losing streak to Baltimore.

Jake Arrieta (4-5) was the hard-luck loser after being charged with two runs -- one earned -- on eight hits while walking three and striking out three for the Orioles, who have lost three out of four.

Brad Bergesen takes the mound for the Orioles today and that is good news considering Baltimore has come out on top in each of his last three starts.

The right-hander, who is 1-0 with a 2.22 ERA over his last four starts, received a no-decision in his last outing on Monday. He gave up three runs and nine hits over 5 1/3 innings of Baltimore's eventual 5-4 win against Seattle.

In his lone career starts versus Texas, Bergesen gave up five runs and 10 hits in four innings of a no-decision.

Lee will counter for the Rangers, but he has gone just 2-3 with a 3.44 ERA since being acquired from Seattle. Texas has dropped five of his eight starts as well.

The left-hander last started this past Monday, giving up six earned runs and nine hits over 7 2/3 innings of a 6-4 loss at Tampa Bay. Lee, who fanned 10, pitched well until the eighth inning, when he allowed four runs and five hits in the frame.

The 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner made his Texas debut versus the Orioles on July 10th, allowing six earned runs in a complete-game loss. He is still a successful 4-1 with a 3.14 ERA in six career appearances versus Baltimore.

Baltimore has won seven of its last 10 meetings with the Rangers.

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