C.J. Wilson pitched seven strong innings, leading the Texas Rangers to a 7-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Monday night. Adrian Beltre hit a three-run home run to cap a fifth-inning rally that broke the game open. The win moves Texas into first place in the American League West at 11-5, one game ahead of the Angels.
Ervin Santana started for the Angels, but was chased in the fifth after facing four batters and not retiring any of them. Santana allowed six runs, the final three on Beltre's home run, and 10 hits in his four innings of work. It was the second-shortest start of the season for the Angels, who have 12 quality starts in 16 games this season.
The Angels' only run came on an RBI double by Howie Kendrick in the seventh inning. Ian Kinsler doubled and tripled for Texas, and Elvis Andrus had three hits. Mitch Moreland hit a home run in the eighth inning to close out the scoring. Tuesday's game, the second of a three-game series, will feature Matt Palmer starting for the Angels, facing Colby Lewis of the Rangers.
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