Wilson allowed four runs and five hits with eight strikeouts, and got early support from Mike Napoli’s first-inning grand slam off Gio Gonzalez as the Rangers stretched their winning streak to five games with an 8-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night, a night after a fan was killed in a fall while catching a foul ball.
Wilson (9-3) won his fifth straight decision to tie Alexi Ogando for the team lead in wins, but he was critical of himself for allowing three walks and hitting a batter, saying, “I should have been dominant.”
“I’m disappointed in myself for the line score but I’m happy for the team for the win,” said Wilson, who did think he had a live fastball. “It was like the hardest I’ve thrown all year,” he said.
Josh Hamilton, who tossed the ball to the fan on Thursday night, hit a fan with a foul ball off his bat in the sixth inning. The teenage male fan had blood on his face and was tended to by stadium personnel before he walked away, smiling while he held a compress to his head.
Rangers officials said the fan was treated at the stadium and was OK. They didn’t identify him or provide additional details.
“I saw it happen,” Hamilton said. “Again.”
Hamilton said the fan didn’t appear to be paying attention to the field when the ball struck him.
Both teams were still dealing with the aftermath of the death of the fan from a 20-foot fall in the second inning of Thursday night’s 6-0 Texas victory.
“You have a job to do,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “Both sides are equal there. We both had heavy hearts. That’s moot. Both teams had to deal with it.”
Brownwood firefighter Shannon Stone tumbled over a railing after catching a foul ball tossed into the stands by Hamilton.
Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre also homered off Gonzalez (8-6), Oakland’s lone All-Star.
Hamilton was in the starting lineup despite the emotional 24 hours, going 1 for 5.
Before the game, the teams observed a moment of silence in Stone’s memory. Both teams wore black ribbons on their uniform tops.