Wilson, Rangers keep holding back Angels
Young’s homer provides lone run as Texas gets victory over trailing division rival, expands lead
ARLINGTON — C.J. Wilson scattered four hits over eight innings, Michael Young homered and the Texas Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels 1-0 on Friday night as the AL West leaders stretched their season-high lead over the secondplace Angels to seven games.
Wilson (9-5) struck out three without a walk, retiring 17 of his last 18 batters to win for the sixth time in eight decisions.
Neftali Feliz got three outs for his 27th save, helping the Rangers improve to 5-2 against the Angels this season. Feliz has converted 18 straight save opportunities.
The teams were playing the second of seven games over an 11-day span.
For the second straight game, Young’s one-out solo homer in the first put Texas ahead, and from there pitching dominated.
Texas’ Ian Kinsler went 1 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to 16 games and teammate Nelson Cruz was 2 for 3 to stretch his career-best streak to 12 games.
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Joe Saunders (6-10) kept the Angels close in a rare effective start against the Rangers, allowing one run and seven hits over seven innings with six strikeouts and one walk.
Saunders entered the game 0-5 with an 11.68 ERA in five career starts at Rangers Ballpark and was 0-3 with a 16.88 ERA against Texas last season.
Alberto Callaspo, acquired by the Angels from Kansas City in a trade on Thursday, played third base and went 1 for 3.
Rangers catcher Matt Treanor left the game in the seventh inning with a sprained right knee. Treanor was running out a ground ball and tripped over the foot of Angels first baseman Kevin Frandsen.
He was replaced by Bengie Molina in the top of the eighth. The Rangers said Treanor will have an MRI today.
Rangers pitcher Rich Harden threw in the bullpen four hours before the game, another step in his attempt to return to the rotation from the 15-day disabled list (left gluteal muscle strain). Harden has allowed 16 hits and three homers in 111⁄ innings of three rehab starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City. Manager Ron Washington said Harden’s location has been inconsistent in his minor league appearances.
Harden will start Monday for Oklahoma City against Memphis.
Both teams took batting practice in the indoor cages due to pregame rain.
The trade to Kansas City for Callaspo cost the Angels pitcher Sean O’Sullivan, leaving Los Angeles with an 11-man pitching staff. But manager Mike Scioscia said there are no plans to call up another pitcher unless he has to overuse his bullpen.
Scioscia rested Hideki Matsui, batting .204 with no homers and one RBI in July.