The Rangers left-hander looks to set a career high for victories and post a third consecutive winning start Sunday against the visiting Oakland Athletics.
Wilson (15-6, 3.13 ERA) tossed a five-hitter and struck out six during an 8-0 win Tuesday to beat Tampa Bay for the second time in as many starts and record his first career shutout. He has allowed two runs in 15 innings during those two outings after giving up six runs in five innings of an 8-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Aug. 27.
He pitched this week’s gem despite an injured index finger suffered against the Rays on Sept. 1.
“It’s not 100 percent, but it’s getting there,” said Wilson, who became the first Rangers pitcher since Aaron Sele in 1998-99 to post consecutive 15-win seasons.
Wilson is 2-2 with a 4.00 ERA versus Oakland this season and has posted a 5.79 ERA while splitting his two starts against the A’s in Arlington.
He will try to help the AL West-leading Rangers (82-64) bounce back after their nine-game winning streak over Oakland was snapped in Saturday’s 8-7 loss. Scott Sizemore’s(notes) pinch-hit grand slam highlighted a five-run sixth inning as the A’s (66-79) also snapped a six-game skid in Arlington.
“These guys kind of had our number,” said Sizemore, who has three homers and 11 RBIs in his last eight games. “Skip (Bob Melvin) let us know (Friday) night that we had to put that behind us and come out (Saturday).”
Young is 5 for 10 with six RBIs in the series and batting .356 with 19 RBIs in 15 games versus Oakland this season. Beltre, who hit his 299th homer, is batting .342 with nine RBIs in nine games since returning from the disabled list.
Beltre, however, is 0 for 5 with two strikeouts against Josh Outman(notes) (3-4, 3.23), who will make his first start since July 2 after the A’s decided to give veteran Rich Harden(notes) some extra rest.
Outman, who has gone 0-1 and allowed two runs - one earned - over 6 1-3 innings in three relief appearances since being recalled from the minors Aug. 26, is 3-3 with a 3.47 ERA in eight major league starts this season. The left-hander is 1-0 with a 3.57 ERA in three starts against the Rangers, but has not faced them since 2009.
“We thought we were headed in the right direction with it,” Melvin told the A’s official website. “From the last game, off-day, flight, whatever, it is significantly swollen up again.”