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.