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PHI@LAA: Wilson holds Phillies to two runs over 6 2/3

Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson snapped a string of five winless starts when he beat the Phillies, 7-2, last week at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

He also might have figured out how to bust out of the slump that's plagued his 2014 season.

"I just think that if I stay with my eyes on the target the whole way, then the ball's going to go where I want it to go," Wilson said after allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings. "And if the ball goes where I want it to go, then it's going to be good. Because I know exactly what my stuff does. It's just a matter of trying to keep it where I want."

Wilson (9-8, 4.71 ERA) will get a chance to test his theory Monday when he gets the start against the Red Sox in the opener of a four-game series at Fenway Park.

The Angels were three outs away from a six-game winning streak Sunday, but closer Huston Street blew a ninth-inning lead in a 3-2 loss to the Rangers, which dropped Anaheim to 72-50 and tied with Oakland atop the American League West.

Boston will counter with Brandon Workman (1-6, 4.45 ERA), who will be working on extended rest after the club skipped his last start in the rotation.

Fatigue was cited as the reason, but it also likely had something to do with Workman's recent struggles. He's been tagged with the loss in each of his last six appearances (five starts), while posting a 6.35 ERA over 28 1/3 innings.

Workman hasn't appeared in a game since giving up a walk-off home run to Albert Pujols in the 19th inning of a 5-4 loss to the Angels on Aug. 9.

Red Sox: Craig to begin rehab assignment
Outfielder Allen Craig will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday.

After being dealt from St. Louis to Boston on the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, Craig sprained his left foot stepping on first base during his first game with Boston.

His impending return could mean less playing time for Daniel Nava, who has been swinging the bat well after a tough start. He was optioned twice, but since coming back on June 5, entered Sunday with a .331/.399/.393 slash line.

"He's playing with a lot of confidence right now, and that's because of the consistency of the at bats," manager John Farrell said. "I looked up [Saturday] night to see where the average is, and it's more than double from the time he was sent out. It's a testament to his work ethic and the quality hitter that he is, particularly left handed."

Nava is a switch-hitter, but typically plays against right-handed throwers because he platoons well from the left side of the plate. He can play left field, too, but newly acquired left fielder Yoenis Cespedes mans that spot.

So what's the plan for Nava?

"For as well as he's swinging the bat, we're going to find a way to get him in the lineup," Farrell said. "Much like with Brock Holt earlier, we'll find a way to accommodate all this."

Angels: Hamilton sits
Struggling outfielder Josh Hamilton wasn't in the starting lineup Sunday after combining to strike out seven times the previous two games.

"Just give him a little refresher; give him just a mental break, let him exhale a little bit," manager Mike Scioscia said. "This guy's working really hard trying to find it. We have to get him back to where we need him. Sometimes just exhaling is something that can help him. We've seen the struggles recently, and today is just a good day."

Hamilton is hitting just .189 (10-for-53) in August. The slump has dropped his season average to .266. Scioscia declined to say if the outfielder will continue to hit cleanup when he returns to the lineup.

"He's just not playing with the same confidence that he's had," Scioscia said. "I don't know if he's as confident in the box as he needs to be, and that's where we need him to get."

Worth noting
• Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who turned 31 on Sunday, missed the 8-1 loss to the Astros with flu-like symptoms.

• The Angels have won six of their last eight games at Fenway and have scored five or more runs in seven of their last eight contests in Boston. They've also won 12 of their last 17 games overall against the Red Sox. Comments