Holland outpitches Wilson, Rangers top Angels 6-2Texas Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland, right, throws out Los Angeles Angels' Erick Aybar at first during the first inning of their baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Derek Holland pitched seven innings of six-hit ball, Geovany Soto hit a late two-run homer and the Texas Rangers hurt the Los Angeles Angels' wild-card chances with a 6-2 victory Wednesday night.
Elvis Andrus, Michael Young and Mike Napoli had run-scoring extra-base hits in the third inning as the Rangers chased former teammate C.J. Wilson, who flopped in his second-shortest start for Los Angeles.
One night after the Angels scored 11 runs without Albert Pujols, the Rangers dominated offensively and improved the AL's best record to 88-60 without sluggers Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre, who sat with injuries.
Alberto Callaspo hit a two-run homer for the Angels (81-68), who had won 15 of 20. Wilson and his teammates blew a chance to pull within 2 1/2 games of slumping Oakland (84-64) for the second AL wild-card slot with 13 games to go.