The last thing you expect to see when Scott Kazmir takes the mound this season is a pitcher's duel, but that's what happened in Arlington as Kazmir faced-off against the Ranger savior Cliff Lee with the Angels coming up short 3-2. Okay, pitcher's duel might be a little strong...how about a close game? Kazmir was able to keep the Angels close, giving up two run on 6 hits over 5.1 innings.
Keeping it close was good enough for Peter Bourjos, who provided all of the Angel offense. Bourjos doubled in the 6th and scored on a Bobby Abreu sac-fly, and then he teed-off on Ranger reliever Darren O'Day for a long home run in the 8th. It was Bourjos' 5th home run of the season, and for a short time tied the game.
And the game should have stayed tied after Nelson Cruz doubled with one out in the bottom half of the 8th off of Jordan Walden. Although Cruz wandered too far off of second, he managed to get back to the bag when Howie Kendrick threw to 3rd. Cruz then easily stole 3rd and scored what would be the winning run on a Vlad Guerrero single.