Wil­son, Rangers keep hold­ing back An­gels

Young’s homer pro­vides lone run as Texas gets vic­tory over trail­ing di­vi­sion ri­val, ex­pands lead

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

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.

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