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ARLINGTON, Texas -- C.J. Wilson survived a harrowing drive home through rain, lightning, hail and tornado warnings.
Less than 12 hours later, he kept his nerve and turned in a sharp pitching performance for the Texas Rangers.
Wilson (5-3) gave up one run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings to help the Rangers win for the third time in four games. The left-hander struck out five.
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Late Tuesday night, Wilson left Rangers Ballpark early to get some rest before his start. The drive to his home in Dallas was hair-raising to say the least.
"I drove through some sort of a cyclone at 11 o'clock," Wilson said. "It was the most exciting driving experience I've had on the streets. I was in my truck, going sideways and stuff."
Both teams had reasons to be tired. The White Sox had earned an 8-6 victory in a game that started early Tuesday night and ended at 1:27 Wednesday morning following a rain delay of almost three hours.
The Rangers managed to do just enough to beat White Sox starter Gavin Floyd, who allowed just three hits.
"We've dealt with a lot worse," Kinsler said. "Go home, get your sleep, and get ready for the game. There's nothing special to it. It doesn't wear you out that bad. If anything, playing a day game in the sun wears you out a little bit, but as far as last night, it didn't have too much of an effect."
Stormy weather passed through the area, and Wednesday's game was played under sunny skies.
Neftali Feliz issued consecutive one-out walks in the ninth, but got A.J. Pierzynski to fly out with runners on first and third for his 10th save in 12 chances as Texas took the deciding game of the three-game series.
"Anytime you're hanging on to a one-run lead with runners on base, your heart beats faster," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "But bottom line, he got the three outs we needed."
Brent Morel, the next batter, bounced into a double play.
Wilson carried a two-hit shutout into the seventh before the White Sox broke through.
"In the seventh inning there, he just ran out of gas," Washington said.
Murphy came home on Mitch Moreland's sacrifice fly, and Kinsler followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0.
Floyd allowed two runs with five strikeouts and one walk in seven-plus innings and 110 pitches.
Texas' three hits matched the fewest for the team in a victory in the 18-year history of Rangers Ballpark.
Chicago was 2 for 7 with runners in scoring position, but Floyd didn't point any fingers at his misfiring offense.
"We're all fighting out there," Floyd said. "Their pitcher pitched real well. We had a couple of innings when we were grinding it out, trying to produce runs, but it just didn't happen today. Our offense is good enough to put up a lot of runs. I just want to keep the team in the game. To be able to achieve that against a lineup like this ... I'll take it out there again next time."
|C.J. Wilson gives up just one run and five hits over 6 1/3 innings in Texas' 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Chicago White Sox|
|Juan Pierre, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.260|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.274|
|Carlos Quentin, DH||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.266|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||3||0||1||1||1||1||0||.299|
|Omar Vizquel, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.316|
|Alex Rios, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.206|
|Ramon Castro, C||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.200|
|a- A.J. Pierzynski, PH-C||1||0||0||0||1||0||2||.263|
|Brent Lillibridge, RF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.283|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||3||0||2||0||0||1||0||.236|
|Brent Morel, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.231|
|b- Adam Dunn, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.191|
|Dallas McPherson, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.182|
|a-walked for Castro in the 8th|
|b-struck out for Morel in the 8th|
|SH - Brent Lillibridge (2)|
|RBI - Paul Konerko (37)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|E - Gordon Beckham (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Gavin Floyd (L,5-4)||7||3||2||1||1||5||0||3.61|
|Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 110-69, Chris Sale 1-1, Tony Pena 11-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 6-11, Chris Sale 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 26, Chris Sale 1, Tony Pena 2|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.238|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.263|
|Josh Hamilton, DH||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.353|
|Michael Young, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.340|
|Craig Gentry, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.188|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.251|
|Nelson Cruz, LF-RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.214|
|David Murphy, CF-LF||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||.232|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||2||1||1||0||1||1||0||.217|
|Mitch Moreland, RF-1B||2||0||1||1||0||0||1||.282|
|2B - Yorvit Torrealba (7, Floyd)|
|SF - Mitch Moreland (1)|
|RBI - Ian Kinsler (18), Mitch Moreland (16)|
|SB - Ian Kinsler (10, 2nd base off Floyd/Castro)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|Outfield Assists - Nelson Cruz 1|
|DP - Beltre-Kinsler-Young, Andrus-Kinsler-Young, Kinsler-Andrus-Young|
|C.J. Wilson (W,5-3)||6.1||5||1||1||0||5||0||3.25|
|Mark Lowe (H,3)||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||4.50|
|Darren Oliver (H,7)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.84|
|Neftali Feliz (S,10)||1||0||0||0||2||0||0||1.13|
|Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 103-62, Mark Lowe 13-7, Darren Oliver 9-6, Neftali Feliz 18-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 6-6, Mark Lowe 2-0, Darren Oliver 1-0, Neftali Feliz 1-2|
|Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 22, Mark Lowe 4, Darren Oliver 2, Neftali Feliz 5|
|Attendance - 32382|
|Game Time - 2:39|
|Temperature - 84|
|Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Tim McClelland|