Rangers 8, Athletics 5

C.J. Wilson has high standards. Pitching seven effective innings

didn’t satisfy the Texas Rangers All-Star left-hander.

Wilson allowed four runs and five hits with eight strikeouts,

and got early support from Mike Napoli’s first-inning grand slam

off Gio Gonzalez as the Rangers stretched their winning streak to

five games with an 8-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday

night, a night after a fan was killed in a fall while catching a

foul ball.

Wilson (9-3) won his fifth straight decision to tie Alexi Ogando

for the team lead in wins, but he was critical of himself for

allowing three walks and hitting a batter, saying, ”I should have

been dominant.”

Still, Wilson played a pivotal role as the Rangers matched their

second-longest winning streak of the season.

”I’m disappointed in myself for the line score but I’m happy

for the team for the win,” said Wilson, who did think he had a

live fastball. ”It was like the hardest I’ve thrown all year,” he


Josh Hamilton, who tossed the ball to the fan on Thursday night,

hit a fan with a foul ball off his bat in the sixth inning. The

teenage male fan had blood on his face and was tended to by stadium

personnel before he walked away, smiling while he held a compress

to his head.

Rangers officials said the fan was treated at the stadium and

was OK. They didn’t identify him or provide additional details.

”I saw it happen,” Hamilton said. ”Again.”

Hamilton said the fan didn’t appear to be paying attention to

the field when the ball struck him.

Both teams were still dealing with the aftermath of the death of

the fan from a 20-foot fall in the second inning of Thursday

night’s 6-0 Texas victory.

”You have a job to do,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. ”Both

sides are equal there. We both had heavy hearts. That’s moot. Both

teams had to deal with it.”

Brownwood firefighter Shannon Stone tumbled over a railing after

catching a foul ball tossed into the stands by Hamilton.

Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre also homered off Gonzalez (8-6),

Oakland’s lone All-Star.

Hamilton was in the starting lineup despite the emotional 24

hours, going 1 for 5.

Before the game, the teams observed a moment of silence in

Stone’s memory. Both teams wore black ribbons on their uniform


The temperature at first pitch was 105 degrees, highest in the

18-year history of Rangers Ballpark.

The A’s have lost five of seven.

Gonzalez had few answers for a slugging Rangers lineup that has

outscored opponents 44-16 during the five-game winning streak. He

lasted a season-low four innings, giving up seven runs – only three

earned – and seven hits.

Gonzalez consistently fell behind hitters, and he had to throw

fastballs when he didn’t want to.

”In situations where I had to go after them, I had to pitch in

their count,” Gonzalez said. ”You have to get ahead of these

guys. Got to pound that strike zone. It’s a good lineup, especially

in this ballpark. You’ve got to give credit where credit is due and

these guys are a good hitting team.”

Gonzalez entered the night with a 4-1 record and 2.18 ERA in

nine career appearances against the Rangers. Gonzalez had good

fortune on his side in his previous start at Texas on May 11 when

he gave up seven runs in 2 2-3 innings, but the game was postponed

by heavy rain.

The Rangers jumped on Gonzalez with a five-run first highlighted

by Napoli’s third career grand slam.

Texas scored the game’s first run when Oakland shortstop Adam

Rosales made a fielding error on Beltre’s hot grounder. Michael

Young reached on an infield single that rolled just inside the

third base foul line to load the bases, and after Nelson Cruz

struck out, Napoli ripped Gonzalez’s first pitch into the left

field seats for his 12th homer of the season.

Oakland’s Scott Sizemore hit a solo homer in the second, the

first long ball allowed by Wilson since Tampa Bay’s Matt Joyce on

May 31, a span of 44 1-3 innings.

The Rangers continued the power display in the second on

bases-empty homers by Kinsler and Beltre for a 7-1 advantage.

Oakland’s first three hitters reached in the fourth on two walks

and a single, and Coco Crisp scored from third on Conor Jackson’s

double-play grounder to make it 7-2.

Yorvit Torrealba’s RBI single in the fifth restored Texas’

six-run lead.

The A’s cut the deficit to 8-4 in the sixth on Crisp’s RBI

infield single and Josh Willingham’s run-scoring double, but Wilson

struck out the final three batters in the inning.

Notes: The previous record temperature at Rangers Ballpark was

103 in 2008. … Napoli had Texas’ second grand slam of the season.

Beltre hit one on April 2 vs. Boston. Mitch Moreland also had a

bases-loaded homer on May 11, but the stats were washed away by the

rainout. …Major League Baseball announced that Beltre will be the

AL starter at 3B because Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees is out of

the game.