Rangers 3, Royals 0

The more familiar C.J. Wilson becomes with teams, the more
dominant he is.

Wilson gave up just two hits in 7 2-3 innings Monday night to
lift the Texas Rangers to a 3-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals
and continue an incredible second-half pitching surge. He is 7-0
with a 1.99 earned run average since the All-Star break and has the
most wins in the majors during that span.

Wilson (14-5) credits his second-half roll to the familiarity he
has gained in facing hitters throughout the year.

”Game experience against the same teams gives me the
advantage,” Wilson said. ”Every team I’m facing now, I’ve faced
before at some point in the season. I’ve had the chance to prepare
even more.”

Wilson allowed only a scratch hit to Willie Bloomquist until the
eighth inning when Jai Miller delivered a one-out single to center.
The left-hander, who had a complete-game win over the Royals in
May, struck out six and walked four.

The Bloomquist single was a big bouncer inside first that Mitch
Moreland couldn’t field cleanly. Asked if he would have had a
problem with the scoring decision had that prevented a no-hitter,
Wilson was quick to respond.

”Yes,” Wilson said. ”That was a real hit that Miller got. The
other one was kind of like a bad-hop grounder. I was looking at it
like that was a no-hitter for me. But I still had to throw another
(five) outs to get it and I didn’t throw those outs.”

Bloomquist gave credit to Wilson for keeping the Royals down the
whole night.

”He’s just real deceptive,” Bloomquist said.

Bloomquist wasn’t about to enter a debate against whether Wilson
deserved to take a no-hitter into the eighth.

”That’s really not for me to decide,” Bloomquist said. ”I put
the ball in play and try to get to first as fast as I can.”

Wilson’s outing was the longest scoreless performance by a Texas
pitcher while allowing two hits or less since Chris Young on Aug.
17, 2005. Facing Cleveland that night, Young allowed two hits over
eight innings.

Neftali Feliz worked the ninth for his 33rd save in 36
opportunities, giving Texas its third win in its last 10 road games
in the opener of a 10-game trip.

Kyle Davies (6-9) went 8 1-3 innings, allowing three runs – two
earned – on ten hits with six strikeouts and a walk.

”You’ve got to give credit to C.J.,” Davies said. ”He pitched
a real good ballgame.”

The Rangers got the only run they would need in the second.
Following a leadoff double by Nelson Cruz in his first at-bat after
coming off the disabled list, Davies got David Murphy on a fly to
right before Bengie Molina hit a run-scoring single.

Texas added to its lead in the fifth on a triple by former
Royals player Andres Blanco, who went 3 for 4. Elvin Andrus added a
run-scoring single and Michael Young delivered a sacrifice fly in
the ninth.

Wilson issued a couple of walks in the sixth, but got Jason
Kendall on a double-play bouncer that ended the threat.

Notes: The Rangers confirmed that LHP Derek Holland will take
over the No. 5 spot in the rotation, with Rich Harden moving to the
bullpen. Holland will start in Minnesota on Friday. … Rangers
manager Ron Washington originally had Josh Hamilton in center field
on Monday, but then shuffled his lineup, with Hamilton serving as
the designated hitter. Due to a wearisome schedule in recent weeks,
Washington wanted to get Hamilton off his feet. Normal DH Vladimir
Guerrero started in right field. . On the night that he was named
Texas League Player of the Year, Royals’ prospect Mike Moustakas
had 11 RBIs for Triple-A Omaha against Round Rock.