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Manager Mike Scioscia had a meeting with the Los Angeles Angels players after their latest loss.

Given the results after his talk with C.J. Wilson last week, that might not be a good thing.

Wilson tries again for his first victory since June on Monday night when the Angels open a three-game home series against the Cleveland Indians.

Los Angeles fell to 3-8 in August following a 4-1 loss to Seattle on Sunday. The Angels (60-55) dropped two of three to the Mariners, with ace Jered Weaver having his nine-start winning streak snapped in Sunday's defeat.

Scioscia held a 20-minute meeting with his players after the game. Los Angeles is eight games behind Texas in the AL West - its biggest deficit since late April - is two games out of the second wild-card spot and needs to overtake two teams.

"I'm not going to talk about specifics, but what I said is that sometimes you just have to have perspective of not how far you are to your goal - but how close you are to it,'' Scioscia said. ''We're going to have time to reach our goal if we get back to playing the way we can, and we're not that far away from where we need to be."

The Angels manager, along with pitching coach Mike Butcher, also met recently with Wilson (9-8, 3.34 ERA), who has lost his last four decisions and is winless since a victory over Baltimore on June 26.

Wilson gave up six runs - three earned - and nine hits while walking five over five innings of a 10-4 loss to Oakland on Tuesday.

"It's just frustrating that we're in a pennant race and I haven't contributed to us winning any games recently," Wilson told the Angels' official website.

The left-hander is 2-1 with a 3.13 ERA in four starts against the Indians. He's also faced them 18 times as a reliever.

Wilson may not have much room for error against Justin Masterson (8-10, 4.68), who is 2-0 with a 1.55 ERA in six starts versus the Angels. On April 27, he allowed two runs and four hits in 8 1-3 innings of a 3-2 victory, although he didn't factor in the decision.

The Indians (53-62) have lost 18 of 24 and settled for a split of their four-game series with Boston after a 14-1 loss Sunday. They split a four-game series with Boston over the weekend, losing 14-1 Sunday.

It was the sixth time in 13 games Cleveland has allowed 10 or more runs.

''It was catch-up baseball from the get-go,'' manager Manny Acta said. ''It's not fun at all when you come to the plate and you're down by five runs.''

With the bullpen taxed, Masterson will try to give the Indians an extended outing, but he has given up 17 runs in his last two road starts.

After consecutive defeats on the road, the right-hander was much sharper at home against Minnesota on Wednesday, surrendering two runs and three hits in seven innings of a 6-2 victory.

Torii Hunter is 5 for 15 with three homers against Masterson. Hunter is hitting .409 over the last 17 games, going 4 for 8 in the final two games against Seattle.

Tagged: Angels, Indians, C.J. Wilson, Justin Masterson

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