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The Associated Press

The Los Angeles Angels signed C.J. Wilson in the hopes that he could help them return to the World Series.

The only time he faced the San Francisco Giants was two years ago in the Fall Classic.

Wilson will try to continue his outstanding stretch on the mound as the Angels look to rebound from a loss in the opener of this series against the visiting Giants on Tuesday night.

After failing to reach the playoffs in back-to-back years, Los Angeles (36-32) went on a free-agent spending spree that included signing Wilson (7-4, 2.30 ERA) away from division rival Texas in hopes of catching up with the two-time defending AL champ.

Los Angeles is five games back of the Rangers in the West, but Wilson is certainly doing his part, owning the league's lowest ERA while leading the team in victories.

The Angels have won the last five games started by the left-hander as he's gone 3-0 with a 0.77 ERA. That outstanding run continued Wednesday, when he allowed one run and four hits over seven innings, overcoming five walks and leaving without a decision in a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"I'm a pitcher, not a statistician, so I just try to go out there and follow the plan," Wilson said. "We set a really good plan with our scouting, and the catchers are really on board. I also do a lot of video preparation and stuff. So if I hit my spots, that's the best chance I can give myself."

Wilson seemed to be doing that for Texas against the Giants (38-30) in Game 2 of the 2010 World Series, yielding two runs and three hits in six innings, but the lineup was held to four hits in a 9-0 loss. He and the Rangers went on to lose the Series in five games, as San Francisco won its first championship since the team was located in New York in 1954.

In his first regular season start against the Giants, he'll try to help the Angels rebound from Monday's 5-3 loss.

Mark Trumbo's solo shot boosted his team highs to 16 homers and 42 RBIs, while Mike Trout stole three bases and leads the AL with 19 even though he wasn't called up until April 28.

Trumbo and Trout will look to help the Angels even the series against Barry Zito (5-4, 3.61), who is trying to avoid losing a third consecutive start. The left-hander has a 7.36 ERA while serving up four homers in his last two trips to the mound.

Zito gave up five runs in five innings of a 6-3 loss to Houston on Thursday, with a fourth-inning grand slam doing the bulk of the damage.

"I felt like I was locating decently, but that one inning, things got away (from me)," Zito told the team's official website.

Zito is 0-3 with a 4.97 ERA in his last four starts against the Angels, but hasn't faced them since June 15, 2009.

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