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Wilson surging as Rangers oust A's from contention

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- C.J. Wilson understood why Texas manager Ron Washington wouldn't give him a shot at his second consecutive shutout.

Wilson scattered five singles over eight shutout innings, Adrian Beltre homered twice to reach 301 for his career and the AL West-leading Rangers beat Oakland 8-1 on Sunday to eliminate the Athletics from playoff contention.

Wilson (16-6) struck out 11 and walked one, following up on his first career shutout -- an 8-0 win at Tampa Bay last Tuesday.

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Wilson set a career high for victories and wanted a complete game, but Washington pulled his ace after 111 pitches.

Washington is trying to avoid extra stress on Wilson's left arm down the stretch, and Wilson agreed with his manager to take a long-term approach and stay in the dugout with an 8-0 lead.

"He understands," Washington said. "He's the guy in our rotation who's going every fifth day."

Wilson threw an assortment of pitches to a lineup that included late-season call-ups and reserves.

"I threw six different pitches," Wilson said. "All of them were good. A high fastball, a sinker, a sidearm fastball that I used the last couple of innings, my curve and slider were good and my changeup. You can't just go out there and throw heaters; they'll figure that out."

Beltre was the offensive star with four hits while Craig Gentry and Ian Kinsler added three apiece for the Rangers, who have taken 10 of their last 11 from the A's this season.

Beltre has seven homers in his last eight games against Oakland and 15 RBI against the A's this season.

Commenting on reaching 300 career homers, Beltre said, "It means I've been playing for a long time. I'm proud of that. It's something not many guys can do."

Eric Sogard homered against Koji Uehara leading off the ninth to end the shutout bid.

The Rangers extended their division lead over second-place Los Angeles to 2½ games when the Angels were beaten by the Yankees 6-5.

Josh Outman (3-5) got a spot start for Oakland, replacing Rich Harden, whose turn in the rotation was pushed back to give him extra rest. Outman allowed four runs and eight hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Outman, whose previous three appearances came in relief, was making his ninth start of the season, first since July 2.

The Rangers broke up a scoreless game in the fifth when Gentry led off with his first career triple and Kinsler drove him in with a single.

Kinsler advanced to second on his 23rd straight stolen base, tying his club record, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Josh Hamilton's sacrifice fly.

Michael Young reached on an infield single and Beltre followed with a two-run homer to left field. Beltre also doubled in the second to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.

"It's always a good-hitting lineup, especially in this park, no matter what nine they throw out there," Outman said. "I battled through the first four innings, then in the fifth I was a little leg-weary. I felt like every mistake I made, they capitalized on."

Beltre led off the seventh against Andrew Carignan with his 23rd homer for his 22nd career multihomer game.

Later in the seventh, Gentry and Elvis Andrus had RBI singles to make it 7-0.

Notes

  • Beltre is the 13th active player with 300 homers and 2,000 hits.
  • The A's called up OF Jai Miller from Triple-A Sacramento and had him in the starting lineup. Miller spent the season with Sacramento, batting .276 with 32 homers and 88 RBI in 110 games. He was acquired by Oakland off waivers in April from Kansas City.
  • X-rays showed no fracture in Oakland OF Coco Crisp's lower leg injury. He was out of the lineup for the second consecutive day, and Crisp probably won't play in the home series against the Angels from Monday to Wednesday.
 
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C.J. Wilson pitches eight shutout innings for the Rangers, striking out 11 A's and walking one. (Getty Images)
C.J. Wilson pitches eight shutout innings for the Rangers, striking out 11 A's and walking one. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Texas

C. Wilson
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 11
Texas

A. Beltre
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 2
RBI 3
 
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ryan Sweeney, CF4000030 .271
Michael Taylor, LF4010020 .214
Cliff Pennington, SS3020000 .267
    Eric Sogard, SS1111000 .200
Josh Willingham, DH3010013 .247
   a- Landon Powell, PH-DH1000000 .175
Scott Sizemore, 3B4010013 .242
Jai Miller, RF4000023 .000
Anthony Recker, C3000112 .176
Brandon Allen, 1B3000033 .214
Adam Rosales, 2B3000001 .074
Totals33161113  
a-grounded out for Willingham in the 9th
Batting
HR - Eric Sogard (2, Uehara)
RBI - Eric Sogard (4)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Rosales-Pennington-Allen
E - Brandon Allen (3, Misplayed grounder), Anthony Recker (1, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Outman (L,3-5) 4.2844321 3.59
Jerry Blevins0100000 3.20
Michael Wuertz 0.1000100 6.06
Andrew Carignan 1.2533111 5.79
Craig Breslow 1.1211010 4.10
WP - Andrew Carignan (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Outman 94-55, Jerry Blevins 1-1, Michael Wuertz 8-3, Andrew Carignan 44-28, Craig Breslow 21-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Outman 6-5, Michael Wuertz 1-0, Andrew Carignan 5-0, Craig Breslow 1-2
Batters Faced - Josh Outman 24, Jerry Blevins 1, Michael Wuertz 2, Andrew Carignan 12, Craig Breslow 6
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B5131011 .253
Elvis Andrus, SS5021002 .278
    Andres Blanco, SS0000000 .203
Josh Hamilton, LF3001111 .293
Michael Young, 3B5110016 .334
Adrian Beltre, DH5243000 .288
    Esteban German, PR-DH0100000 .500
Mike Napoli, 1B2120300 .304
David Murphy, RF5010015 .266
Matt Treanor, C3001104 .220
Craig Gentry, CF5231004 .259
Totals38816854  
Batting
2B - Adrian Beltre (31, Outman), Mike Napoli (22, Carignan)
3B - Craig Gentry (1, Outman)
HR - Adrian Beltre 2 (23, Outman, Carignan)
SF - Josh Hamilton (9), Matt Treanor (3)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (72), Elvis Andrus (54), Josh Hamilton (81), Adrian Beltre 3 (88), Matt Treanor (22), Craig Gentry (8)
2-OUT RBI - Elvis Andrus (18), Adrian Beltre 2 (36), Craig Gentry (3)
SB - Ian Kinsler (24, 2nd base off Outman/Recker), Mike Napoli (4, 3rd base off Outman/Recker), David Murphy (9, 2nd base off Wuertz/Recker)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Young-Kinsler-Napoli
E - Andres Blanco (4, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
C.J. Wilson (W,16-6) 85001110 3.01
Koji Uehara 1111021 2.52
Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 111-74, Koji Uehara 21-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 8-4, Koji Uehara 1-1
Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 29, Koji Uehara 5
Game Information
Attendance - 46727
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 94
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Bill Miller