SEATTLE -- C.J. Wilson was the story, giving the Rangers a stellar outing just when they needed it to stop a three-game losing streak, their longest of the season. He was good enough to go the distance, allowing the Rangers to avoid using a bullpen that has struggled recently.
* Wilson was impressive Wednesday, managing not only to grind through the Mariners lineup but also battle through bad luck. Wilson allowed six hits and none of them were particularly hard. Seattle got bloopers and bleeders and seeing-eye ground balls and scored two runs on sacrifice flys. Wilson's defense didn't help him a bunch, either, as the Rangers committed two errors in the third, causing an unearned run.
* The defensive issues pushed Wilson's pitch count up. But he still managed 12 strikeouts, including two against Ichiro, and pitched all nine innings. The 12 Ks tied his career high. His command was impeccable and he threw 125 pitches.
* Wilson was a streak killer in 2010, going on the mound and producing when the club was scuffling. That's what he did Wednesday when his club needed it. He's now 2-1 this year after a Rangers' loss. He was 11-5 with a 3.27 ERA in 20 starts after a Rangers loss. More on Wilson's outing to come.
* The bullpen should thank Wilson. They needed a break and he gave it to them.
* Michael Pineda had nine strikeouts and pitched well, but the Rangers managed to hit two homers off him and get an early lead. The youngster has given up just 11 earned runs this season in six starts, but seven of those have come against the Rangers.
* Dave Anderson's stop sign didn't stop Elvis Andrus from plowing on home with the first run of the game in the top of the first on Adrian Beltre's double down the right field line. Anderson tried to stop Andrus at third, but Andrus glanced to his right where the ball was and took off for home. He was safe easily on a late throw.
* David Murphy had a great at-bat in that first inning. He fouled off four fastballs, including a 97 mph one on the corner with two strikes, then got a slider that he belted between the hole at first and second to score the second run as Beltre came around third. Murphy was hitting 6-for-18 on the road trip coming into the game.
* The Mariners managed to get a run off Wilson without hitting a ball hard in the first. They had three hits, all of the well-placed, soft variety and scored a run when Miguel Olivo hit a sacrifice fly to center.
* Wilson needed four outs to get through the second inning. He struck out Jack Wilson to start the inning, but a wild pitch allowed Wilson to go to first. Wilson then got some nice defensive work as Ian Kinsler scampered behind the bag to get to a soft grounder, flipping the ball from his glove to Andrus for the out. Andrus then fielded a grounder, stepped on second and threw to first for the double play. Wilson needed 10 pitches to get four outs.
* Errors hurt the Rangers in the third. Andrus was called for one on a ground ball off the bat of Ichiro Suzuki to lead off the inning (it was a borderline error on a ball with lots of spin) and Ian Kinsler made a bad throw to first on a double play attempt for an E4. Chris Davis should have come off the bag to be sure it didn't get by him, but the throw was low. The Mariners scored the tying run -- an unearned one -- on the second sac fly of the game by Olivo.
* Mitch Moreland has a habit of hitting good pitching. He crushed a first-pitch fastball in the fifth inning to very deep right-center (heard the play-by-play guys in Seattle say it was the longest homer they'd seen hit here this season). Moreland has four homers on the season. It was the first homer allowed by Pineda this season.
* Chris Davis just missed a homer in the fifth, but didn't miss another chance in the seventh. Davis hit an 0-2 pitch to center field to put the Rangers up 4-2.
* Michael Young sure knows how to make adjustments. He struck out in his first two at-bats against Pineda and on three pitches in each at-bat (one swinging, one looking). But his third at-bat, Young fell behind 0-2, took some balls, fouled off some pitches and then drove one to right-center for a single. He has hit safely in 14 straight road contests, the second-longest streak in the majors this season.
* Nelson Cruz was not in the starting lineup because of tightness in his quad. He was taken out of Tuesday's game in the seventh because of it. He said before the game that he felt better and didn't think the problem was serious. He could miss Thursday's game too, as a precaution, though manager Ron Washington hasn't made that decision yet.
* Neftali Feliz pitched a solid inning on a rehab assignment at Double-A Frisco and is ready to come of the disabled list Friday in time for the Yankees series.
* Tommy Hunter also pitched in a rehab assignment and is willing to pitch in the bullpen if that's the spot open for him. GM Jon Daniels acknowledged that Hunter could end up there depending on what may be happening with the starting staff when Hunter is ready. He's still got a couple more rehab starts before he returns.