Wilson (1-0) allowed two hits, walked two, hit a batter and struck out seven in putting the Rangers on the brink of winning their first-ever playoff series. Darren Oliver tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings to complete the Rangers’ first-ever postseason shutout.
The left-handed starting tandem of Wilson and Cliff Lee has held the offensively-challenged Rays to a lone run on seven hits and two walks while fanning 17 in the first two contests.
James Shields (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing four runs on four hits and two critical hit batters, with a pair of strikeouts, for the Rays, who face the prospect of having to win three consecutive games to keep their season alive.
The 2001 New York Yankees, who downed the Oakland Athletics, are the only team to win a five-game series after losing the first two games at home.
Game 3 of the series will be played Saturday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
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