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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 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."
The Rangers extended their division lead over second-place Los Angeles to 2½ games when the Angels were beaten by the Yankees 6-5.
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.
|C.J. Wilson pitches eight shutout innings for the Rangers, striking out 11 A's and walking one. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ryan Sweeney, CF||4||0||0||0||0||3||0||.271|
|Michael Taylor, LF||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.214|
|Cliff Pennington, SS||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.267|
|Eric Sogard, SS||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.200|
|Josh Willingham, DH||3||0||1||0||0||1||3||.247|
|a- Landon Powell, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.175|
|Scott Sizemore, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.242|
|Jai Miller, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.000|
|Anthony Recker, C||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.176|
|Brandon Allen, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||3||3||.214|
|Adam Rosales, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.074|
|a-grounded out for Willingham in the 9th|
|HR - Eric Sogard (2, Uehara)|
|RBI - Eric Sogard (4)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Rosales-Pennington-Allen|
|E - Brandon Allen (3, Misplayed grounder), Anthony Recker (1, Throwing)|
|Josh Outman (L,3-5)||4.2||8||4||4||3||2||1||3.59|
|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|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||5||1||3||1||0||1||1||.253|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||5||0||2||1||0||0||2||.278|
|Andres Blanco, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.203|
|Josh Hamilton, LF||3||0||0||1||1||1||1||.293|
|Michael Young, 3B||5||1||1||0||0||1||6||.334|
|Adrian Beltre, DH||5||2||4||3||0||0||0||.288|
|Esteban German, PR-DH||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Mike Napoli, 1B||2||1||2||0||3||0||0||.304|
|David Murphy, RF||5||0||1||0||0||1||5||.266|
|Matt Treanor, C||3||0||0||1||1||0||4||.220|
|Craig Gentry, CF||5||2||3||1||0||0||4||.259|
|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|
|DP - Young-Kinsler-Napoli|
|E - Andres Blanco (4, Misplayed grounder)|
|C.J. Wilson (W,16-6)||8||5||0||0||1||11||0||3.01|
|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|
|Attendance - 46727|
|Game Time - 3:07|
|Temperature - 94|
|Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Bill Miller|