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G124: CJ outpitches Santana, Rangers win 4-3

Ian Kinsler comes through late in this game, and doesn’t do his “Capt Uppercut” thing. He blooped a single late in the game to give the Rangers a 4-3 lead over the Angels. Given my continuing lack of Cable TV, I didn’t see it, but I did see the highlights. Nice win.
It started off with the first real pitching challenge the Rangers would face in this series, CJ Wilson vs Ervin Santana. And CJ outdid Santana. Look at the lines:
Wilson: 7 IP, 5H 2R, 1ER, 1BB, 6K, 110P
Santana: 7.2IP, 10H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 4K, 129P (1HR, too)
That’s pretty much the story there. Was worried about this match a bit, mostly because of Santana, but our guys took care of it.
The Rangers’ offense was pretty spread out. Twelve hits in all, only Elvis took an ofer. Everyone else had at least one. Kinsler had the two RBI’s mentioned above. Josh Hamilton & Mitch Moreland had the others. Moreland’s was a solo home run in the 6th.
Speaking of home runs, the home run given up by Kohi Uehara in the bottom of the 8th ended up being harmless, but at the time I wasn’t thrilled with it, because it cut our lead from 4-2 to 4-3. Little too close, but that was the end of the scoring.
The Rangers are now SEVEN games up on Anaheim for the division lead. Even if we lose the fourth game, I’m quite happy with taking 3 of 4 from Anaheim here. I was hoping for that, but expecting a 2-2 split in this series, so we’re good.

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