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Angels Win Fifth Straight, Top Tigers 6 - 5


The knock against the Angels starters was that there was no ace, but with Scott Kazmir's winning performance Tuesday night, the Angels starters have won 5 consecutive games and are now over .500 (8-7) for the first time since opening day. Making just his second start of the year, Kazmir pitched into the 6th inning striking out 7 and walking none. Showing excellent command of the strike zone, the Angels starters have issued just one walk over their last 37 inning.

Maicer Izturis, starting at third base in place of struggling Brandon Wood, started the scoring with an one out single in the second inning to drive in Kendry Morales. Howie Kendrick followed with a double to left scoring both Juan Rivera and Izturis.

With the bases loaded and no one out in the fourth inning, the Angels were only able to score one run. Howie Kendrick drove in the lone run with a ground ball to short, and that was followed by an inning ending double play from Mike Napoli.

The Tigers scored three runs in the 7th after Scot Shields walked the bases loaded and Miguel Cabrera hit a bases clearing double to bring the Tigers within one run.

Fernando Rodney recorded his 5th save of the season, allowing just one hit. The two out infield single was the first base runner Rodney has allowed since taking over the closer duties for injured Brian Fuentes.