C.J. Wilson threw eight scoreless innings, Adrian Beltre belted his 300th career home run and the Texas Rangers went on to an 8-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon at Rangers Ballpark.
With the victory, Texas will maintain at least a 1 ½-game lead over Anaheim in the American League West.
The Rangers broke open a scoreless game in the fifth. Craig Gentry led off with a triple down the left-field line, and Ian Kinsler followed with a run-scoring single to right.
Josh Hamilton then drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, and Beltre made it 4-0 with a two-run homer to left. To honor Beltre joining the 300-club, the Rangers unfurled a banner in center field.
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Beltre went deep again to lead off the seventh, sending a liner over the center field fence to give Texas a 5-0 lead.
The Rangers added two more runs in the seventh on RBI singles by Gentry and Kinsler. Gentry finished 3 for 5, matching his career-high in hits. Matt Treanor drove in the Rangers’ final run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
That was more than enough for Wilson. After throwing his first career shutout in his last start at Tampa Bay, Wilson followed it up with eight more scoreless innings. He scattered five hits with one walk and 11 strikeouts.
Koji Uehara allowed one run in the ninth, as the Rangers' bullpen has now allowed runs in seven consecutive games.
-- Drew Davison