PHILADELPHIA -- C. J. Wilson displayed a slightly mangled right hand Friday and lamented that he'd had some trouble swinging the bat. This only put him in line with just about everybody else in the Rangers' lineup against Phillies ace Roy Halladay in a 3-2 loss.
Wilson declined to discuss exactly what he'd done to his hand, saying only that he'd cut it and tried to glue the skin closed. It bothered him only slightly -- an accomplished hitter in college, Wilson enjoys swinging the bat in Interleague Play -- and besides, how the pitcher swung the bat wasn't quite the issue for Texas.
"He was great," said Michael Young, who was 0-for-4. "He threw the ball extremely well. I just wish he'd gotten better support."
While complimenting Halladay, who won his sixth game of the season, Young waved off the notion that the Rangers were simply victimized by great pitching.
"We expect to score, no matter what," he said.
The Rangers are 26-for-132 (.200) in their last four games and have now scored two or fewer runs in nine of their last 20 games, scoring just 63 runs in that span.
The Rangers began the game by being aggressive on the basepaths, stealing a run in the first inning. They ended it by being aggressive on the basepaths when David Murphy was caught stealing second for the final out.
Elvis Andrus led off the game with a single, and when Mitch Moreland's grounder to the right side snuck through, Andrus made it to third. The Rangers then pulled off a double steal. When Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz threw to second, Andrus raced home. Even though second baseman Wilson Valdez cut in front of second and hurried a throw to the plate, Andrus was safe with a slide under Ruiz's tag for his first career steal of home.
"It was a 3-2 count, and we were running there," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I was expecting [Ian Kinsler] to make contact, get some movement on the infield, maybe find a hole there. Any time you've got an opportunity against [Halladay] to score a run, you've got to go for it."
Ruiz threw Murphy out at second to end the game, although Murphy put up an argument on the field.
"I was safe, bottom line," Murphy said. "I was tagged high. I was in there and was called out."
"That's the way we play," Washington said. "He saw an opportunity to get to second base and get into scoring position. Game of inches. He got a good jump, but [Ruiz] made a good throw."
The Rangers were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position Friday. Their only other run came in the eighth, when Endy Chavez led off with a pinch-hit double and came around to score on consecutive groundouts to second.
But that was all, and it was not enough for Wilson, who, with a thin bullpen behind him, went seven solid innings, allowing just four hits and striking out 10. Two of those hits were home runs -- a two-run shot to Ben Francisco in the second and a solo blast to Raul Ibanez in the fourth. Ibanez's shot was the first home run Wilson has allowed to a left-handed hitter since June 3, 2008, to Shin-Soo Choo in Cleveland.
Entering Friday, Ibanez was 2-for-19 in his career against Wilson.
"I made a lot of really good pitches," Wilson said. "Generally speaking, guys don't hit 3-1 changeups for home runs, but [Francisco] was the exception. And I just made a bad pitch to Ibanez. I threw 110 pitches and made two bad ones. That's what I'm supposed to say, so let's stick with that.
"Going up against Roy Halladay, who is the best pitcher in the last decade, that's kind of fun. He was really in command. It was awesome to watch him pitch. I just tried to go out there and be a mini left-handed version of him."
Kevin Roberts is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.