ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson was pleased with his most recent outing Friday night against the Rays, but knows that his game still isn't at the point where it was at the beginning of the season. Wilson picked up his first win since May 7, tying for the team lead in wins with four in the process. But Wilson once again gave up a big inning and left with the bases loaded for the second consecutive start. "Mechanically, I was kind of up and down all night," Wilson said. "I went and looked at the video right away and saw some stuff I was doing. After about six or seven pitches, I saw it in the video. I wrote it down in my little handy notepad, and now I've got something to work on."
Wilson pitched five-plus innings in the win, but a four-run second inning in which he threw 42 pitches doomed any chances of a quality start. "It was just kind of some weird things with the weird bounces and balls just in the hole," Wilson said. "I got ahead of some guys and didn't finish them off. That was the problem there." Wilson walked a season-high four batters in the win, but was still able to run his record to 4-3. Prior to Friday's start against Tampa Bay, Wilson had been 0-2 with a 9.56 ERA in his past three starts after going 3-1 with a 1.48 in his first seven. "It's been a hard last two weeks. I've been trying to solve the issues because there's obviously a lot that's been going on," Wilson said. "I'm giving up home runs and whatever. But [Friday] was definitely a step forward. "The biggest thing for me is to show up tomorrow, do my work, work in bullpen time, work on the mechanical stuff that I didn't do well [Friday]."