PHILADELPHIA --When you get two outs in any baseball game, you have to finish the inning. For as good as he pitched on Friday night, Rangers starter C.J. Wilson didn't do that.
The three earned runs he allowed Friday came with two outs and eventually cost him. The Rangers opened the three-game series at Philadelphia by losing 3-2 at Citzens Bank Park.
The Rangers have now lost two consecutive games and three of their last four. While the Texas bullpen has seen its struggles this season, it had nothing to do with Friday's loss. Wilson allowed three runs in seven innings and struck out 10 on 110 pitches.
But those two-out hits hurt him the most. He walked Raul Ibanez with two outs in the second inning before Ben Francisco homered to left center field for a 2-1 lead. In the fourth, Ibanez homered with two outs off a pitch at the knees to push the lead to 3-1. Opponents were hitting .243 against Wilson with two outs. Coming in, he had allowed four home runs -- three with two outs.
One-run games hurt: The loss dropped the Rangers to 5-9 in one-run games on the season. They are just one of five teams in the AL with a below .500 record in those games. The Rangers have lost their last four games by one run.
Wilson matches Halladay: Roy Halladay is considered one of baseball's top pitchers. The Rangers' C.J. Wilson kept pace with him Friday night. Wilson struck out 10, the fourth time in his career as a starter he's struck out at least 10 or more batters. His career-high is 12. Wilson struck out four of the first five hitters he faced before allowing a two-out walk to Raul Ibanez in the second inning. However, he had no strikeouts after the fifth inning. Wilson danced around trouble, getting out of it with little damage. He was able to get a flyout and a ground ball to end the sixth inning after a Placido Polanco single. In the seventh, he walked Ben Francisco with one out but wsa able to get Carlos Ruiz to pop up to second and Halladay to ground out to second to end the inning.
Rangers bats come up empty: While the Phillies were able to score three runs against Wilson, the Rangers couldn't do much against Halladay. The first inning was probably the best chance the Rangers had to really get something going against Halladay. Consecutive singles by Elvis Andrus and Mitch Moreland put runners at first and third for Ian Kinsler. Kinsler struck out but Elvis Andrus took home on a double steal. With one out, Michael Young grounded out and Adrian Beltre struck out. It seemed like a wasted chance for the Rangers considering who they were facing. The Rangers would not get another baserunner until two outs into the fourth when Beltre doubled to right. He was left stranded. In the sixth, after Moreland drew a leadoff walk, Kinsler hit into a 6-4-3 double play. In the eighth, Endy Chavez, who didn't start because of a hamstring injury, doubled down the right-field line. He would later score on a ground out by Moreland to cut the deficit to 3-2.