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August 27, 2011

Saturday's Rangers postgame notes: Wilson gives up HR ball

Here are a few notes after the Rangers' fell 8-4 against the Angels on Saturday night at Rangers Ballpark. Texas now has a two-game lead over Anaheim in the American League West.

* C.J. Wilson said he gave up a "smorgasboard" of home runs. Vernon Wells went deep on a fastball. Mike Trout blasted a changeup over the left-field fence. Bobby Wilson had his first homer of the season by sending a fastball to the left-field seats. And Peter Bourjos unleashed on a slider. The four home runs allowed set a career high for Wilson. He had allowed 10 home runs this season going into the start. In 2010, he allowed 10 home runs all season. In the end, Wilson allowed six runs on 10 hits with one walk and two strikeouts over five innings. It was his shortest outing this month.

* Michael Young drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth. He has 10 RBIs over his last 16 games, and 50 RBIs over his last 69 games.

* David Murphy had a two-run home run in the fifth. Coupled with his grand slam on Friday, Murphy homered in consecutive games for the first time since Sept. 14-15, 2010 vs. Detroit.

* The Angels' plan to start Ervin Santana on three days' rest paid off. He earned his 10th victory, allowing four runs on four hits with one walk and two strikeouts over seven innings.

* Arlington native Vernon Wells had his 18th homer of the season for the Angels.

* The Rangers announced a sell-out crowd of 48,453. It was the ninth sellout this season, the first since July 3 vs. Florida.

* Earlier in the day, the Rangers said less than 5,500 reserved tickets remain for Sunday's game vs. the Angels.

-- Drew Davison

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