The AL West-leading Texas Rangers made a nice comeback to continue their lengthy winning streak against the Cleveland Indians. They might need another big rally if C.J. Wilson’s(notes) recent woes continue.
Wilson tries to rebound from his two worst outings of the season Saturday night when the Rangers go for their eighth consecutive victory over the Indians.
Trailing 7-2 in the third inning Friday, Texas (63-50) rallied for an 8-7, 11-inning win in the series opener. Michael Young(notes) delivered a game-tying, two-run homer with two outs in the ninth, and Elvis Andrus(notes) scored the winner off Josh Hamilton’s(notes) two-out infield single.
“We’re getting into the last month-and-a-half, two months,” said Young, three hits shy of 2,000 after going 2 for 5. “It’s time for us to put our foot on the gas and make something happen.”
Texas is looking to win three in a row after dropping six of eight.
This is the second time in two years the Rangers have won seven straight over Cleveland (55-55), but they haven’t had a longer winning streak in the series since taking 13 in a row during the 1978 and ’79 seasons.
The Indians have lost 17 of 20 to Texas but are hoping to take advantage of a struggling Wilson (10-5, 3.38 ERA), who has allowed 13 runs over a combined 7 2-3 innings in his last two starts. He gave up seven walks and 14 hits in that span.
“When you’re not able to throw the ball where you want to, it’s just an unsettling feeling,” the left-hander said after pitching a season-low 3 2-3 innings in Sunday’s 7-3 loss at Toronto. “It’s kind of frustrating.
“My mechanics are off, for sure, but I’m not really able to isolate one particular thing. I threw 80-something pitches and it looked like I threw with 40 different deliveries.”
Wilson, though, was dominant in a 2-0 road win over Cleveland on June 5, tossing 7 2-3 innings of three-hit ball.
The right-hander lasted 7 1-3 innings in Sunday’s 5-3 loss to Kansas City, surrendering four runs and six hits. Carmona is 1-1 with a 2.79 ERA in three starts following a short stay on the disabled list with a strained right quadriceps.
“He’s throwing well. That’s all I’m going to say,” manager Manny Acta said. “I’ve seen him and a couple of our guys put together six or seven good ones and go back. I don’t want to swallow my words. Hopefully, he gives us a chance to win every five days.”
Facing the Rangers could make that difficult for Carmona, who is 2-7 with a 5.43 ERA in 10 career starts in this matchup after getting tagged for four runs and seven hits in a 4-0 loss June 4.
Hamilton hit a two-run homer off Carmona in that game and is 7 for 17 against him. The reigning AL MVP is batting .378 (17 for 45) during a 10-game hitting streak.
Rangers catcher Mike Napoli(notes) has hit safely in nine straight, batting .459 with five home runs and nine RBIs. Napoli, who has an RBI in a career-best seven consecutive games after going deep Friday, has four hits - including a home run - in 13 at-bats against Carmona.