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Wilson tosses five-hitter as Rangers blank Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- C.J. Wilson got his first career shutout on a record-setting night for the Texas Rangers.

Wilson threw a five-hitter, David Murphy drove in four runs and the AL West-leading Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-0 on Tuesday night.

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"He told us in the fifth inning that he was going to finish," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "He had a good cutter working. Tight slider. Moving his fastball around. He was in control."

The Rangers have 18 shutouts this season, one more than the previous team record set in 1977.

"Wow ... It's awesome," Washington said.

Wilson (15-6) matched his career high in wins from last year and became the first Texas left-hander to record 15 or more wins in consecutive seasons. He threw 117 pitches in his third complete game of the year.

"I had enough pitches going," said Wilson, who struck out six and walked three. "I was just mixing well."

Murphy and Ian Kinsler homered for the Rangers, who are 3-2 on a six-game trip to Boston and Tampa Bay. Adrian Beltre extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a third-inning single.

Tampa Bay right-hander Jeff Niemann (9-7) gave up seven runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. He has lost three of his last four starts.

Kinsler tied his own team record, set in 2009, with his seventh leadoff homer this season in the first. He has 26 homers this year, including five in his last six games.

Murphy started the second with his ninth homer, then hit a two-run double during Texas' three-run third that made it 5-0. Josh Hamilton also had an RBI double in the third.

Hamilton tweaked his back during the game, but still played eight innings.

"No worries," Washington said.

Murphy finished with four hits and came within a triple of hitting for the cycle.

Beltre hit a sacrifice fly and Murphy had a run-scoring double to make it 7-0 in the fifth. Mike Napoli added a run-scoring double in the eighth.

Wilson was working on a perfect game in last Thursday's 7-2 win over the Rays when Casey Kotchman's infield hit went off the pitcher's left index finger in the sixth. Wilson departed after the inning.

"It's not 100 percent," Wilson said. "I think that's why earlier in the game I had a little bit of trouble with the control. But it's getting there."

Kotchman got Tampa Bay's first hit Tuesday when he flared an opposite-field single to left with one out in the second. Wilson induced an inning-ending double play from Kotchman with two on in the fourth.

Wilson is 3-0 in four career starts against Tampa Bay. He also threw 6 1/3 innings in Texas' 6-0 win over the Rays in Game 2 of the 2010 AL division series.

"He did everything the same," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "He was very good. He does not miss against us. He's just on the top of his game whenever he sees us in the batter's box."

Tampa Bay catcher Jose Labaton left with a sore left knee and is not expected to play Wednesday.

Notes

  • Texas OF Nelson Cruz (strained left hamstring) is taking batting practice and will ramp up his running program this weekend.
  • Tampa Bay DH Johnny Damon (sore right leg) was out of the lineup for the second straight game.
  • Rays 3B Evan Longoria was the designated hitter for the third time this season.
  • Rangers RHP Alexi Ogando (12-7), skipped one time in the rotation, is scheduled to start Saturday against Oakland.
  • Texas RHP Tim Wood cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A Round Rock.
  • Tampa Bay LHP David Price (12-12) and Texas LHP Derek Holland (13-5) are the scheduled starters Wednesday.
  • Texas announced that former Rangers minor league player and coach Dave Moharter died Tuesday. He was 62.
 
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The Rangers' C.J. Wilson wins his 15th game of the season, turning in his third complete game. (Getty Images)
The Rangers' C.J. Wilson wins his 15th game of the season, turning in his third complete game. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Texas

D. Murphy
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 4
Texas

C. Wilson
IP 9.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 3
K 6
 

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Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B4111100 .243
    Andres Blanco, 2B0000000 .203
Elvis Andrus, SS5110012 .276
Josh Hamilton, LF3121100 .299
   a- Leonys Martin, PH-CF1000010 .333
Michael Young, DH4210100 .333
Adrian Beltre, 3B3111012 .275
   b- Esteban German, PH-3B1000000 .500
David Murphy, RF4244000 .271
Mike Napoli, C3011111 .294
Mitch Moreland, 1B4000033 .266
Endy Chavez, CF-LF4010021 .305
Totals36812849  
a-struck out for Hamilton in the 9th
b-fouled out for Beltre in the 9th
Batting
2B - Josh Hamilton 2 (28, Niemann, Niemann), David Murphy 2 (11, Niemann, Ramos), Mike Napoli (21, McGee)
HR - Ian Kinsler (26, Niemann), David Murphy (9, Niemann)
SF - Adrian Beltre (8)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (69), Josh Hamilton (80), Adrian Beltre (81), David Murphy 4 (39), Mike Napoli (61)
2-OUT RBI - David Murphy 3 (15)
CS - Endy Chavez (5, 2nd base by Niemann/Lobaton)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Andrus-Kinsler-Moreland, Andrus-Moreland, Andrus-Kinsler-Moreland, Andrus-Blanco-Moreland
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
C.J. Wilson (W,15-6) 9500360 3.13
Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 117-73
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 10-7
Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 31
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, LF4000000 .303
B.J. Upton, CF2000200 .222
Evan Longoria, DH4010022 .236
Ben Zobrist, 2B4010012 .272
Sean Rodriguez, 3B2010110 .218
Casey Kotchman, 1B3010001 .316
Brandon Guyer, RF3010002 .167
Jose Lobaton, C3000003 .071
    John Jaso, C0000000 .221
Elliot Johnson, SS3000020 .191
Totals2805036  
Fielding
DP - S. Rodriguez-Zobrist-Kotchman
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Niemann (L,9-7) 4.2977132 4.07
Cesar Ramos 1.2100120 4.03
Juan Cruz 0.2000100 3.89
Jake McGee 1211130 5.23
Brandon Gomes 1000010 3.60
IBB - Napoli by Cesar Ramos
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Niemann 92-56, Cesar Ramos 31-15, Juan Cruz 8-4, Jake McGee 28-17, Brandon Gomes 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Niemann 8-2, Cesar Ramos 3-0, Juan Cruz 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Niemann 23, Cesar Ramos 7, Juan Cruz 2, Jake McGee 6, Brandon Gomes 3
Game Information
Attendance - 11611
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Joe West