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After the rain-interrupted series opener when he faced only five batters against his former team, Wilson worked into the sixth inning Saturday to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-2 win over Texas.
"I did a lot of homework and stuff, and wanted to put it to use," said Wilson, insisting that it wasn't personal facing the team he pitched for in the last two World Series.
"Emotionally, I had a dry run [Friday] to see what it was going to feel like and hear the fans and their colorful insights on me, and my career and whatnot," he said. "I'm just trying to get the hitters out."
Wilson was gone before Kendrys Morales had a pinch-hit, tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh.
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David Carpenter (1-1) faced only two batters after replacing Wilson with two outs in the sixth. Ernesto Frieri, acquired from San Diego on May 3, worked 1 2/3 innings and Scott Downs got the final out for his third save.
But it was Wilson who really saved them.
"It was a great bounce-back win. A long night last night, you can't say enough for what C.J. did," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Sometimes it sounds simple, but you have to go out there and pitch and execute. ... He pitched his heart out getting that deep into the game against a lineup that is really hitting the ball well."
Josh Hamilton hit his majors-leading 18th homer -- the ninth in six games for the Rangers slugger. That solo blast in the sixth tied the game at 2 after he had already struck out twice against Wilson.
"C.J. did a good job. He's one of those guys you don't know what he's going to throw," Hamilton said. "He really doesn't follow any kind of pattern or get into a routine."
Hamilton, who hit two homers Friday night after a four-homer game Tuesday in Baltimore, leads the majors with a .402 batting average, 18 homers and 41 RBI.
The second game of the series was the earliest ever at the 18-year-old Rangers Ballpark. The 12:07 p.m. start came only 12 hours after Friday night's game ended.
After Trumbo walked and Howie Kendrick reached on a bunt single to chase Harrison, Peter Bourjos bunted for a hit to load the bases. Morales then hit a flyball to left for a 3-2 lead, John Hester had an infield single and Mike Trout added another sac fly.
In his return to Texas, Wilson threw only 22 pitches Friday night before a one-hour, 56-minute rain delay in the first inning of the Rangers' 10-3 victory. The left-hander was charged with four runs after allowing three infield singles and a walk, but didn't return once the rain stopped.
"It was difficult, but being a reliever for so long, I guess you develop a sort of I-have-to-pitch-tomorrow routine," Wilson said. "I guess I did enough convincing in Mike's office last night."
Wilson, who signed as a free agent last winter with his hometown Angels, walked his first two batters Saturday before Hamilton struck out and Adrian Beltre hit into a double play.
"Outstanding performance, especially considering what he had to deal with coming back on zero days' rest," Trumbo said. "He kept us in the game and allowed us to get where we are now."
Wilson bounced an 0-2 pitch with two outs in the fifth that hit Napoli, the catcher whose phone number Wilson put on Twitter as a prank during spring training. Brandon Snyder and Craig Gentry followed with consecutive singles to cut the gap to 2-1.
Wilson struck out four and walked three, while allowing two runs and five hits on 93 pitches in 5 2/3 innings.
The last major leaguer to start consecutive games was Aaron Myette for Texas on Sept. 3 and 4, 2002, at Baltimore. Myette was ejected from the first game after only two pitches. It was the first time an Angels pitcher started back-to-back games.
In the fourth, Trumbo pulled a 420-foot blast off the facade of the second deck of seats in left field. His fifth homer came after Torii Hunter drew a two-out walk.
|Mark Trumbo heads home after knocking a big two-run homer off Rangers starter Matt Harrison. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Mike Trout, LF||4||0||0||1||0||2||1||.289|
|Alberto Callaspo, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.236|
|Albert Pujols, DH||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.195|
|Torii Hunter, RF||3||1||0||0||1||1||2||.256|
|Mark Trumbo, 1B||2||2||1||2||2||1||0||.300|
|Howard Kendrick, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.292|
|Peter Bourjos, CF||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.196|
|Erick Aybar, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|a- Kendrys Morales, PH||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||.315|
|Maicer Izturis, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.271|
|John Hester, C||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.500|
|a-hit a sacrifice fly for Aybar in the 7th|
|HR - Mark Trumbo (5, Harrison)|
|SF - Mike Trout (2), Kendrys Morales (1)|
|RBI - Mike Trout (7), Mark Trumbo 2 (14), Kendrys Morales (10)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mark Trumbo 2 (5)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Callaspo-Trumbo, Kendrick-Aybar-Trumbo|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|David Carpenter (W,1-1)||0.1||0||0||0||1||0||0||5.19|
|Jordan Walden (H,2)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.50|
|Ernesto Frieri (H,3)||1.2||0||0||0||0||3||0||1.69|
|Scott Downs (S,3)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|HBP - Napoli (by C.J. Wilson), Cruz (by Ernesto Frieri)|
|Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 93-52, David Carpenter 9-5, Jordan Walden 11-8, Ernesto Frieri 21-15, Scott Downs 4-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 9-2, Jordan Walden 1-1|
|Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 24, David Carpenter 2, Jordan Walden 3, Ernesto Frieri 6, Scott Downs 1|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.269|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.311|
|Josh Hamilton, LF-CF||4||1||1||1||0||3||2||.402|
|Adrian Beltre, DH||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.313|
|Michael Young, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.292|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.254|
|Mike Napoli, C||2||1||0||0||1||1||1||.243|
|Brandon Snyder, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.346|
|Craig Gentry, CF||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.320|
|a- David Murphy, PH-LF||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.276|
|a-struck out for Gentry in the 7th|
|HR - Josh Hamilton (18, Wilson)|
|RBI - Josh Hamilton (41), Craig Gentry (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Craig Gentry (3)|
|SB - Ian Kinsler (3, 2nd base off Wilson/Hester), Craig Gentry (5, 2nd base off Wilson/Hester)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Matt Harrison (L,4-3)||6||4||4||4||2||5||1||5.23|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Harrison 97-59, Alexi Ogando 39-23, Robbie Ross 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Harrison 4-9, Robbie Ross 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Matt Harrison 24, Alexi Ogando 10, Robbie Ross 3|
|Attendance - 47699|
|Game Time - 2:54|
|Temperature - 69|
|Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Bob Davidson|