Texas 7, Tampa Bay 2

Boxscore | Recap
Thursday, September 1, 2011 8:05 PM
Location - Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Temperature - 98°
Umpires - Home Plate - Wally Bell, First Base - Victor Carapazza, Second Base - Lazaro Diaz, Third Base - John Hirschbeck,
Attendance - 26220

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Tampa Bay 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 4 0
Texas 0 3 0 0 2 0 1 1 7 9 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tampa Bay 74-62 35-31 39-31 L1
Texas 78-60 44-28 34-32 W1

Recap

C.J. Wilson carried a perfect game into the sixth inning and Ian Kinsler belted a pair of home runs as the Texas Rangers recorded a 7-2 home victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday.

Michael Young homered and Yorvit Torrealba drove in two runs for the American League-West leading Rangers, who remained 3 1/2 games ahead of Los Angeles. The Angels posted a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday.

Wilson (14-6) flirted with throwing Texas’ first no-hitter since Kenny Rogers’ perfect game in 1994. Rangers president Nolan Ryan threw seven no-hitters, but never a perfect game.

Kelly Shoppach homered for the Rays, who were no-hit twice last season and didn’t have a baserunner until Casey Kotchman led off the sixth with an infield single.

The Rangers’ faithful gave Wilson a standing ovation after Kotchman’s comebacker deflected off his pitching hand for an infield hit. The lefthander then threw a few practice tosses before remaining in the game. He allowed two runs and two hits in six-plus innings with eight strikeouts and one walk.

Texas scored three runs off Jeff Niemann (9-6) in the second, and solo homers from Kinsler and Young in the fifth made it 5-0. Kinsler added a solo shot – his 23rd homer of the season – in the seventh.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Tampa Bay   Texas
Jeff Niemann Player C.J. Wilson
Loss W/L Win
5.0 IP 6.0
2 Strikeouts 8
6 Hits 2
9.00 ERA 3.00
Hitting
Tampa Bay   Texas
Kelly Shoppach Player Ian Kinsler
1 Hits 2
1 RBI 2
1 HR 2
4 TB 8
.500 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Tampa Bay 4 1 7 .133 11 12 2 2 0 0
Texas 9 3 21 .281 6 3 7 3 2 0

Upcoming Games

  • Texas will play their next game on the road against Boston. The Rangers have a W/L % of .551 after a win and .583 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game at home against Baltimore. The Rays have a W/L % of .520 after a win and .574 after a loss.
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