Miami (37-46) at Texas (44-40)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Sun Jul 3, 2011
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Struggling at home, the Texas Rangers look to continue capitalizing on strong performances from C.J. Wilson(notes).

The Florida Marlins are trying to build on their best offensive effort under Jack McKeon.

Wilson looks to remain unbeaten for an eighth consecutive start by quieting the Marlins’ bats in the conclusion of this three-game series Sunday night.

Texas (44-40) holds a one-game lead in the AL West despite dropping four of its last six in Arlington.

The Rangers hope Wilson (8-3, 3.14 ERA) can help them avoid a second straight home series loss after dropping two of three to the New York Mets.

The left-hander is 4-0 with a 2.74 ERA in his last seven starts, reaching at least the seventh inning each time, including a 7-3 win at Houston on Tuesday. He overcame getting hit by a pair of line drives to give up two runs in seven innings, while helping himself with a triple for his first career hit.

“I couldn’t throw a sinker after I got hit in the finger,” Wilson said. “I had to adjust. That’s a huge pitch for me, and to take that out of the equation really puts me behind.”

Seven of Wilson’s eight home starts have resulted in Texas victories, while he’s gone 4-1 with a 3.66 ERA.

He made his only career start against the Marlins on the road, limiting them to two runs despite a career-high six walks over six innings before leaving without a decision in a 3-2 victory June 15, 2010.

The Rangers won the opener of this series 15-5 on Friday, but the Marlins bounced back with a 9-5 victory Saturday.

Josh Hamilton(notes) continued to batter Florida pitching with two homers and three RBIs on Saturday. He is 15 for 29 with three home runs and seven RBIs lifetime against the Marlins. Hamilton is 3 for 6 with a homer and two doubles against Javier Vazquez(notes), Florida’s scheduled starter.

Ian Kinsler(notes) has five hits in his last five games but those have all gone for extra bases - four homers and a triple.

The Marlins matched their highest scoring output of the season Saturday while their 13 hits were the most since McKeon took over as interim manager June 20.

They’re 5-6 under McKeon, but have scored 19 runs while hitting .291 with four homers over the last three games, an improvement from their .243 season average.

“I mean, the last five games, I think we’ve been playing the game together and we’ve been getting on base and working on that, not like we were doing that a week, two weeks or three weeks ago,” said Hanley Ramirez(notes), who had two homers and matched his career high with five RBIs on Saturday.

Ramirez is batting .385 with three homers and 12 RBIs since being benched in McKeon’s first game. The shortstop is trying to revive a flagging season that has seen him post career lows in batting average (.230), homers (seven) and on-base percentage (.319).

He homered on his only hit in two at-bats versus Wilson.

Vazquez (4-8, 5.83) will be hoping for better run support after losing two of his last three starts despite a 1.04 ERA.

That trend continued for the right-hander Tuesday, as he yielded one unearned run and three hits in seven innings of a 1-0 loss at Oakland.

He’s 0-2 with a 6.99 ERA in his last five starts versus the Rangers.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Vazquez Mia vs. C. Wilson LAA
13-11 Record 16-7
3.69 ERA 2.94
162 K 206
50 BB 74
1.18 WHIP 1.19

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