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Rangers Look To Run Winning Streak To Six, Division Lead To Seven

The Texas Rangers visit the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Wednesday night looking to extend their winning streak to six games. Texas has taken the first two games of a four game set in Anaheim to open up a six game lead on the second-place Angels and look to pad that lead to a comfortable seven games tonight as C.J. Wilson looks for his 12th win of the season.

Wilson takes an 11-5 record into Wednesday's contest against the Angels, along with a 3.28 ERA and 1.23 WHIP while holding opponents to a .237 average against. Wilson is coming off a solid start against Oakland, when he went six innings, giving up just one run while walking three and striking out seven. Wilson's win in Oakland marked the start of Texas' current five game winning streak. 

Texas' offense will face off against Ervin Santana. Santana has been on a remarkable run in the second half. Even more impressive, though, are his last four starts - which include a no hitter. In those four starts, Santana has pitched three complete games while going 8.1 innings in the other start, totaling 35.1 innings, giving up just three runs on 22 hits and six walks while striking out 30. On the season, Santana holds a 9-8 record, 3.10 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. 

The Angels will be desperate for Santana to pitch deep into Wednesday's game against the Rangers. So far in the series, Los Angeles' starting pitchers - Tyler Chatwood and Garrett Richards - have given the Angels a total of 2.2 innings. 

First pitch is scheduled for 9:05 CDT, 7:05 locally from Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

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