05/22/10 11:09 PM ET
Consistent hurlers head to hill in Texas finale
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
Something will have to give Sunday when the two square off in the series finale at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
"Going back to Spring Training, I probably had like 10 starts in a row that were good," Wilson said. "I know what's made be successful to this point of the season, and I need to just stick with that, no matter what."
Wilson pitched just 4 1/3 innings against the Angels on Tuesday, giving up seven runs on seven hits with five strikeouts in his shortest outing of the season. He also saw his homerless-innings streak stop at 87 2/3 innings, as Torii Hunter's two-run home run to left field was the first Wilson had given up since July 9, 2009, to Franklin Gutierrez of Seattle.
It's no surprise Wilson is going back to what works. Entering Tuesday's game, the lefty led the American League in ERA at 1.48 and was the first Rangers pitcher to lead in the category that late in the season since Kenny Rogers' 2.46 ERA through June 27, 2005.
Despite the rough outing, the Rangers still won for the sixth straight game started by Wilson.
"It was a lesson. I haven't been pulled out of a game since ... I don't even know when. That was kind of frustrating," Wilson said. "I'm going to do everything I can to go out the next time and throw seven, eight or nine strong innings."
As for Silva, he is the first Cubs pitcher to start 5-0 since Greg Maddux accomplished the feat in 2006. He also opened the season 5-0 in 2004 with the Twins, and in 2002 with the Phillies, although the latter was as a reliever.
He's never gone 6-0. Maybe Sunday is the day.
"Every game he's pitched, he's been very competitive and we've scored some runs for him, and at the same time, our bullpen has done a nice job," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "He throws a lot of strikes, he changes speeds and throws enough breaking balls to keep the hitters off his fastball. He does a nice job."
Cubs: Soriano feeling at home
Former Texas slugger Alfonso Soriano hit his team-leading eighth home run of the year Saturday, his 42nd career homer at Rangers Ballpark. He has homered in four of his last eight games in Arlington, and has a 10-game hitting streak in Arlington dating to 2005. Overall, Soriano is a career .322 hitter in Arlington, the fourth-highest average of any player with at least 500 at-bats at Rangers Ballpark.
Rangers: Cruz streaking
Nelson Cruz has an RBI in each of first six games of the homestand, the longest RBI streak by a Ranger in 2010, and the longest for a Texas batter since Michael Young's six-game RBI streak from July 25-30, 2009. Moreover, seven of Cruz's 10 hits in the homestand have gone for extra bases, and he has 14 RBIs in nine games since being activated from the disabled list on May 14.
Vladimir Guerrero is already having quite a season. The veteran slugger leads the Rangers with 10 home runs -- his 14th consecutive season with at least 10 homers. He has hit safely in 19 of his last 20 starts, including 11 consecutive starts. He's hitting .390 (41-105) at Rangers Ballpark this season, with nine of his 10 home runs.
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