He still hates playing here.
Wilson pitched six effective innings to earn his first win in a month and the Texas Rangers beat the Athletics 9-1 on Friday night.
The left-hander was showered with boos in his first appearance at the Coliseum since his critical remarks on Wednesday, when he said he didn’t like the mound or the weather in Oakland, and was critical about the attendance for A’s games.
“It felt like a playoff game having the whole stadium against you,” Wilson said. “The funny thing was it fired me up a little bit. It made me stronger. It puts it all in focus. You have to be able to compete in that type of environment.”
Wilson (11-5) allowed a run and four hits, struck out seven and walked three. He was 0-2 with a 4.84 ERA in four starts since his last victory, on July 16 at Seattle.
“When you go a month without a win it grates on you,” Wilson said. “I won a Go-Kart race the other day and it was my first win in a while. I was kind of stoked by that.”
AL West-leading Texas remained two games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels, who won 5-1 in Toronto.
“C.J. knows what is at stake,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “We need him to play good baseball. The way he pitched tonight is the way he’s pitched most of the year. You know you’re going to get everything he’s got.”
“I don’t know what it feels like to have a knee blown apart or to do something serious to it but it didn’t feel like anything too horrible,” McCarthy said. “It wasn’t even the first thing I noticed. When I tried to stand up, I noticed it. I was in pain but I knew it wasn’t too horribly serious.”
The ball hit off the outside of his right knee and ricocheted into the visiting bullpen down the right-field line.
“I’m not really thrilled with the whole day but all things considered it’s not as bad as it could be,” McCarthy said.
The Rangers grabbed control with six runs in the second inning. The first six batters reached against McCarthy, who also was hurt by some shoddy defense.
Young hit a leadoff triple and scored on Nelson Cruz’s(notes) base hit. Mike Napoli(notes) reached on an error by shortstop Cliff Pennington(notes) before Mitch Moreland(notes) and Yorvit Torrealba(notes) had consecutive RBI singles. Chavez, Elvis Andrus(notes) and Josh Hamilton(notes) also drove in a run in the inning.
Wilson seemed to enjoy the extra attention he received from the 20,288 fans in attendance, who booed his every step before the game. He improved to 1-2 with two saves and a 3.38 ERA in 15 career appearances in Oakland.
“You have to make it work for you,” Wilson said. “It’s the same in New York, where they will stab you with a butter knife to help their team win, or Boston or Anaheim when they bust out the rally monkey. Being a closer has helped me with that.”
NOTES: Young extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Torrealba extended his streak to 10 games. … The A’s six-game losing streak to the Rangers is the longest since a nine-game streak between June 19-Sept. 30, 1986. … RHP Trevor Cahill(notes) will take the mound for the A’s on Saturday. He is 8-3 with a 2.19 ERA in 12 career starts against Texas, including a 2-1 record with a 1.25 ERA in three starts this year. … Former Athletics pitcher Colby Lewis(notes) starts for the Rangers on Saturday. He’s allowed 11 runs over his last 18 innings but is 5-1 with a 3.11 ERA over his last 10 starts. He’s allowed 28 home runs, second in the majors. Lewis is 4-1 with a 2.53 ERA in seven career starts in Oakland, pitching at least five innings and allowing three runs or less in all seven starts. … The A’s hired former major league manager Phil Garner as a special adviser. … The A’s announced they agreed to terms with INF B.A. Vollmuth, their third-round draft pick.