ANAHEIM, Calif. -- You've got nine pitches, Mike Scioscia told C.J. Wilson in the bottom of Saturday's eighth inning.
Nine pitches for the left-hander, up to 113 offerings at that point, to try to throw his first complete game as an Angel, against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium.
"I was like, 'Nine pitches? I gotta throw the ball right down the middle and hope they pop it up,'" Wilson said. "And they did. So I got lucky."
Wilson needed 14 pitches, but he did the job, throwing the second shutout of his career to lead the Angels to a 6-0 win.
In all, Wilson struck out seven, walked two and threw a season-high 127 pitches, not incredibly out of the ordinary seeing as he's averaging more than 117 this season.
He said he felt himself getting stronger as the game went on, and some of his late-inning fastballs were harder than his earlier offerings.
"You reserve a little bit in the tank and then you're able to let it loose," Wilson said.
The only time Wilson ran into trouble was the seventh inning, when he allowed two singles and a walk to load the bases. But he got James Loney to ground into a double play with a sinker to end the threat.
"Outside of that, he was pretty pitch-efficient," Scioscia said.
Both of Wilson's shutouts have come against the Rays. His last complete game was against them, on Sept. 6, 2011, as a Texas Ranger.
Behind him, the Angels scored pairs of runs early, putting up two each in the first, second and third innings. Three singles, a walk and a sacrifice fly did it in the first, and a single, double and hit-by-pitch scored them in the second.
Left fielder Grant Green hit a two-run homer after Chris Iannetta doubled in the third to cap the scoring. The Angels chased Tampa Bay starter Cesar Ramos well before that � after only 11/3 innings.
The Angels (23-19) have won seven of their last nine, buoyed by increasingly effective starting pitching.
Wilson said he joked after the game with young right-hander Garrett Richards, starting Monday, that it's now his job to go nine innings in his next time out.
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