Texas Rangers Rally Past Los Angeles Angels
After getting in a whole early, the Rangers finally got their head on right and rallied to a 4-3 win last night.
C.J. Wilson started off slow last night, giving up two early runs in the 1st inning and putting the Rangers in a hole. However, Wilson recovered and threw 6 scoreless innings after the uneasy start. All in all, he went 7 solid innings while giving up 5 hits on his way to his 12th win of the season.
The Ranger bullpen stepped up again to clinch the win. Koji Uehara threw the 8th and gave up 1 run for his 17th hold of the season and Neftali Feliz threw a one hit 9th for his 27th save of the season.
It was a slow night for the Ranger bats until the 5th. Josh Hamilton got the Rangers on the board with a RBI single to make it a one run game.Mitch Moreland followed up Hamilton in the 6th with a solo shot over the fences to make it a 2-2 game. Things fell to the recently slumping Ian Jinsler, who had gone 0-4 until his last at bat of the night. Kinsler hit a weak 2-RBI single to finally put the Rangers on top. Kinsler’s hit came with two out in the 8th and Angel Stadium was rocking:
“It was loud. The whole stadium knew what was going on. That’s the most fun part about the whole game. … I was battling against (Santana) all night. He was battling me with sliders, battling me with the heater. We were getting guys on base, but couldn’t beat him. That was our opportunity, and we almost let it slip by. I was just trying to get it in there somewhere.” -AP
With the win, the Rangers improve to a decade best 20 games over .500. This is the first time they’ve reached this milestone since 1999. They also increase their lead over the LA Angels to 7 games in the AL West.