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Rapid Reaction: Angels 8, Rangers 4

ARLINGTON, Texas -- C.J. Wilson allowed a career-high four homers and Ervin Santana pitched well on short rest as the Angels evened the series with an 8-4 win in front of 48,453. The loss means the Rangers are two games up on the Angels with the rubber match of the series on ESPN on Sunday night. Some quick thoughts (more to come from the clubhouse in a bit):

* Wilson just didn't have his normally solid command. Too many balls were left up in the zone and the Angels didn't miss them. The best example of that was allowing back-to-back home runs to the Nos. 8-9 hitters in the fourth. Mike Trout hit one to left-center and Bobby Wilson belted one to left. It was Wilson's first home run of the season.

* C.J. Wilson gave up four homers in the game or the first time in his career. He came in with just 10 homers allowed all year. And there was no jet stream at the ballpark on Saturday, either. The Angels ended up with five homers for the game (tying a season high) as Koji Uehara gave up one to Howie Kendrick in the seventh. All five homers were solo shots.

* It was strange to see Wilson struggle in a big game and against a good pitcher. Coming into the game, he was 4-3 with a 2.71 ERA against teams that are at .500 or better right now this season (by my unofficial count). That included a 2-1 mark with a 1.33 ERA in four previous starts against the Angels.

* Wilson couldn't deliver a shutdown inning after the Rangers scratched out two runs in the fourth, giving up a solo shot to Peter Bourjos to lead off the top of the fifth.

* Michael Young made a sparkling defensive play in the first to save a run, diving to his right to snag a hard ground ball by Kendrick. With Maicer Izturis on with a leadoff double, the play was a big one and got the second out of the inning. Young made another nice grab, backhanding a grounder from Trout and getting the lead runner in the second.

* Elvis Andrus made a smart play to end a rough fifth inning. He got to Trout's grounder and rather than try to throw to first base on what likely would not have been an out, he looked to third and noticed Vernon Wells had rounded the bag. He immediately threw home to Mike Napoli, who sprinted back up the line and dove to catch Wells.

* Wells' homer to Greene's Hill (straightaway center) was his 18th of the season. He hit eight homers against the Rangers in 2010 and has two against them this season.

* It was a tough defensive night for Ian Kinsler. He had an error in the second, backhanding a ground ball from Erick Aybar, but lost it as he reached in to grab it and throw. And he wasn't able to get in front of a one-hopper from Napoli as Bourjos attempted to steal second in the third. The ball went into center field and Bourjos went to third on the play. He scored on Torii Hunter's broken-bat single.

* Kinsler did start a productive fourth inning, one where the Rangers turned a hit-by-pitch and a walk into a couple of runs. Kinsler was hit to lead off the inning and then went to second when Andrus drew a four-pitch walk. Josh Hamilton's grounder shifted both runners into scoring position. Then, oddly, Trout seemed uncertain as to what to do when he caught a fly ball to shallow right field. Kinsler tagged up, but Trout double-clutched then threw to third late. Maybe he thought Kinsler wouldn't try it (Trout has a good arm).

* For the second straight night, Nelson Cruz and David Murphy made something happen. Cruz singled to lead off the fifth and Murphy hit a homer to right to cut the deficit to 6-4 at that point. It was Murphy's second straight game with a homer. And Cruz was still in 7-hole and not wearing batting gloves. Both seem to be helping him. He had two hits Saturday after his six-RBI, four-hit performance Friday.

* Napoli was hit on the left wrist by Ervin Santana with two outs in the sixth. He was on the ground and clearly in pain. Trainer Jamie Reed looked at him and Napoli stayed in the game. Napoli had some nice at-bats Saturday as he got one hit. He saw 17 pitches in his final two appearances (HPB, walk).

* Uehara came into a 6-4 game but wasn't able to hold it at that margin. The Angels came a single shy of hitting for the cycle off him and scored two runs. Since the Rangers acquired Uehara, he has allowed six earned runs in 9.2 innings (5.58 ERA).

* Hamilton was 0-for-4 and is 3-for-21 on this homestand. He did make a nice defensive play in the eighth, running a long way to get to a Bourjos fly ball. Hamilton caught it, jumping for it near the wall and threw the ball back in to double up Izturis, who thought it was going to be an extra-base hit.

* Neftali Feliz came in for some work (hadn't pitched since Monday) and got two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth.

* The Rangers made things interesting in the ninth but didn't score a run. After Young's single to lead it off, Napoli fell behind 0-2 in the count, but worked a nine-pitch walk. Cruz's single ended up loading the bases with one out for Murphy, who hit double-play grounder to end the game.

* Former president George W. Bush is expected to be at Sunday's game. There were still around 5,500 tickets available for that game.