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Texas Rangers Beat Tampa Bay Rays but C.J. Wilson Leaves with Injury

Ian Kinsler homered twice last night to help the AL West-leading Texas Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-2 at Rangers Ballpark.

C.J. Wilson (14-6), who was perfect through five innings, gave up two runs and two hits in six-plus innings with eight strikeouts and one walk. He got back on track after he was knocked around for six runs and 10 hits in five innings of his previous start, an 8-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

The left-hander struck out six while retiring the first 15 Rays he faced before Casey Kotchman led off the sixth with an infield single.

Wilson reached out with his left hand in an attempt to field the sharp grounder. The ball glanced off his hand, changing directions.

“I will second-guess that Casey Kotchman at-bat for the rest of my career,” Wilson told MLB.com.

Not only had Wilson lost his perfect game and no-hitter, he also lost his control. He reported after the game that his finger was numb after the deflection.

With the win, the Rangers maintain a 3 1/2 game lead over the LA Angels in the AL West.

Information from the Associated Press used in this report

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