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Wilson K's 12 as Rangers beat M's rookie Pineda

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SEATTLE -- Sometime after the fifth inning, Texas pitching coach Mike Maddux walked over to C.J. Wilson and asked how he was feeling.

The response from Wilson was blunt: "I'm finishing this game."

After seeing the Texas bullpen blow two straight games, Wilson wasn't about to leave this one to chance.

Wilson matched his career high with 12 strikeouts in a six-hitter, and Mitch Moreland and Chris Davis hit solo homers off Seattle rookie Michael Pineda as the Rangers beat the Mariners 5-2 on Wednesday night.

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"For me it's more surgical. That's the way I try to pitch. That's the way I always try to pitch," Wilson said.

Wilson (4-1) was good early, but was dominant for the final five innings. Wilson retired the final 14 batters and 18 of the last 19. He also managed a pitch-count that in the middle innings was quickly rising toward an early exit.

Wilson ended up throwing a season-high 125 pitches, but only 38 came in the final four innings. He allowed one earned run, walked one and didn't allow a baserunner after Chone Figgins' single with one out in the fifth.

And just when it looked like Wilson might be done after the eighth, he jogged back out for the ninth. Manager Ron Washington, having watched his relievers blow the last two games, wasn't considering a pitching change unless the Mariners got a runner on in the ninth.

There wasn't any need to worry. Wilson got Justin Smoak to hit a liner to second, struck out Jack Cust for the third time on the night, and got a grounder from Jack Wilson to close out the fourth complete game of his career.

In seven starts this season, Wilson has 46 strikeouts versus just 13 walks, nearly reversing his trend from a year ago when he walked 93 batters for the year.

"I've seen him throw better games, but we certainly needed him to throw his best tonight," Washington said. "He was very efficient."

Pineda, the AL rookie of the month for April, saw his run of five straight quality starts to begin his career end when Davis hit a 400-foot shot to nearly the same spot in the park as Moreland's homer two innings earlier.

Moreland jumped on the first pitch of the fifth inning for his fourth homer of the season. It was the only RBI the Rangers got off Pineda (4-2) that came with less than two outs.

"Especially in a game like tonight when runs are going to be tough to come by because you have two guys throwing who are on, RBI with two outs or key situations that kind of jump starts an offense and kind of gives you a little confidence," Moreland said.

Pineda matched his season high with nine strikeouts and was remarkable efficient, throwing first-pitch strikes to 22 of the 27 batters he faced. Of his 97 pitches, 77 were for strikes.

He allowed seven hits and walked none facing the Rangers for the second time this season.

Texas scored two in the first after the inning almost ended without any damage. With two outs, Adrian Beltre's drive into the right-field corner eluded Ichiro Suzuki, and it went for an RBI double when Elvis Andrus ran through a stop sign at third. David Murphy followed with a single to score Beltre.

The Rangers added to their lead in the eighth when reliever Chris Ray continued his season of inconsistency. Having not pitched since April 23, Ray walked Ian Kinsler to start the inning. Kinsler later scored when Ray's wild pitch skipped off Miguel Olivo's glove.

"We need some big hits in some big situations, especially with Pineda out there. that kid is something special," Washington said. "We rose to the occasion."

Notes

  • Texas optioned RHP Pedro Strop to Triple-A Round Rock and recalled RHP Mark Lowe before Wednesday's game. Strop gave up three runs in one inning of relief in Tuesday night's loss.
  • Andrus extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the first inning. His squeeze bunt single on Tuesday night kept the streak intact.
  • Pineda entered Wednesday as one of only two pitchers in the majors with at least 20 innings that hadn't allowed a homer. Matt Garza was the other.
 
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C.J. Wilson reacts with a fist pump after finishing off his complete-game, 12-strikeout masterpiece.  (Getty Images)
C.J. Wilson reacts with a fist pump after finishing off his complete-game, 12-strikeout masterpiece. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Seattle

M. Olivo
AB 2
R 0
H 0
HR 0
RBI 2
Texas

C. Wilson
IP 9.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 1
K 12
 

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Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B3100110 .230
Elvis Andrus, SS3110010 .266
Michael Young, DH4010032 .336
Adrian Beltre, 3B3111111 .254
David Murphy, LF4011002 .271
Yorvit Torrealba, C4000011 .264
Mitch Moreland, RF3111110 .276
Chris Davis, 1B4111021 .238
Julio Borbon, CF4010001 .262
Totals32574310  
Batting
2B - Adrian Beltre (7, Pineda)
HR - Mitch Moreland (4, Pineda), Chris Davis (1, Pineda)
SH - Elvis Andrus (4)
RBI - Adrian Beltre (25), David Murphy (10), Mitch Moreland (11), Chris Davis (1)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Beltre (10), David Murphy (5), Chris Davis (1)
SB - Ian Kinsler (6, 2nd base off Ray/Olivo)
CS - Julio Borbon (1, 2nd base by Pineda/Olivo)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Andrus-Davis, Kinsler-Davis
E - Elvis Andrus (8, Misplayed grounder), Ian Kinsler (5, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
C.J. Wilson (W,4-1) 96211120 2.92
WP - C.J. Wilson (1)
Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 125-81
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 9-6
Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 34
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4000020 .305
Chone Figgins, 3B4220000 .217
Milton Bradley, LF4020021 .213
Miguel Olivo, C2002011 .217
Justin Smoak, 1B4010011 .294
Jack Cust, DH3000132 .198
Jack Wilson, 2B4010010 .239
Michael Saunders, CF3000023 .195
Brendan Ryan, SS3000003 .171
Totals31262112  
Batting
SF - Miguel Olivo 2 (4)
RBI - Miguel Olivo 2 (10)
SB - Chone Figgins 2 (5, 2nd base off Wilson/Torrealba, 3rd base off Wilson/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 5
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Michael Pineda (L,4-2) 7744092 2.58
Chris Ray 1011210 13.50
Tom Wilhelmsen 1000100 5.19
WP - Chris Ray (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Michael Pineda 96-77, Chris Ray 23-11, Tom Wilhelmsen 10-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Michael Pineda 5-6, Chris Ray 2-0, Tom Wilhelmsen 1-2
Batters Faced - Michael Pineda 27, Chris Ray 5, Tom Wilhelmsen 4
Game Information
Attendance - 13896
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Dan Bellino