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Originally published Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 10:21 PM

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Holland outpitches Wilson, Rangers top Angels 6-2

Derek Holland pitched seven innings of six-hit ball, Geovany Soto hit a late two-run homer and the Texas Rangers hurt the Los Angeles Angels' wild-card chances with a 6-2 victory Wednesday night.

AP Sports Writer

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ANAHEIM, Calif. —

Derek Holland pitched seven innings of six-hit ball, Geovany Soto hit a late two-run homer and the Texas Rangers hurt the Los Angeles Angels' wild-card chances with a 6-2 victory Wednesday night.

Elvis Andrus, Michael Young and Mike Napoli had run-scoring extra-base hits in the third inning as the Rangers chased former teammate C.J. Wilson, who flopped in his second-shortest start for Los Angeles.

One night after the Angels scored 11 runs without Albert Pujols, the Rangers dominated offensively and improved the AL's best record to 88-60 without sluggers Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre, who sat with injuries.

Alberto Callaspo hit a two-run homer for the Angels (81-68), who had won 15 of 20. Wilson and his teammates blew a chance to pull within 2 1/2 games of slumping Oakland (84-64) for the second AL wild-card slot with 13 games to go.

Hamilton, the majors' leader with 42 homers, sat out with a recurring sinus condition that affects his vision, while Beltre had abdominal trouble. But Soto homered and Nelson Cruz had an RBI double in a three-run eighth for the majors' most potent offense.

Holland (11-6) struck out four and walked just one batter to remain unbeaten since July 31 while getting his first victory of the season over the Angels.

Wilson (12-10) went winless in five starts this season against the Rangers after leaving Texas to sign a $77.5 million deal with his hometown team last December.

He walked the bases loaded in the first inning and gave up three runs on four hits in the third, forcing Angels manager Mike Scioscia to pull him early for Jerome Williams. The high-priced left-hander had pitched at least three innings in every outing for Los Angeles except his first start of the season against Texas, when he didn't return after a nearly two-hour rain delay.

Williams yielded one hit over 4 1-3 innings of excellent relief.

Pujols went 2 for 4, but made two significant mental blunders in his return to the Angels after missing Tuesday's game to be with his wife, who delivered their fifth child Sunday morning.

Pujols hit a long single in the sixth, but got thrown out by 15 feet foolishly trying to stretch it into a double - a decision made even worse when Torii Hunter doubled immediately afterward. Pujols then dived in front of second baseman Howie Kendrick to field a routine grounder in the eighth, allowing Young to reach base and eventually score.

After Cruz's RBI double off Garrett Richards, Soto snapped a 1-for-20 slump with his fourth homer of the season off Jordan Walden.

Wilson escaped from the bases-loaded jam of his own creation in the first, but Ian Kinsler scored on Andrus' triple off the center-field wall in the third. Young drove in Andrus, and Napoli chased Wilson with yet another run-scoring hit against the team that traded him in December 2010.

Holland faced little trouble until the fifth, when Kendrick led off with a double and scored on the 10th homer from Callaspo, his seventh hit in 15 at-bats.

NOTES: Mike Trout set yet another Angels rookie record when he led off the first inning with a single, surpassing Devon White's 283 total bases in 1987. ... All-Star Angels OF Mark Trumbo went 0 for 3, extending his horrendous slump extended to 27 for 158 (.171) with 67 strikeouts over his past 40 games.... An MRI on Texas RHP Tanner Scheppers' right knee revealed no structural damage. The Orange County native was hurt while covering home plate Tuesday night when Chris Iannetta scored on his wild pitch.

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