Scott Kazmir finally
collected a win in his third try as an Angel, blanking the reeling — and oddly, lately punchless — Rangers in Arlington. In the current 1-6 home stand, the Rangers have scored a grand total of 11 runs, while being shut out four times. Minus two of their best players — Josh Hamilton and Michael Young — the results were maybe not so surprising. Nevertheless, it represents a record for the Rangers, who have been shut out at home four times in a home stand for the first time in Texas history; you'd have to go back to the 1984 squad
to find a team shut out as many as three times in the same home stand.
The Angels parlayed Torii Hunter's RBI single and Vlad's solo homer into a win, and even managed to survive another outing by Brian Fuentes for the save; but it's worth mentioning that he was facing the 5-6-7 batters, too. Between Kazmir and Fuentes, Jason
Bulger and Kevin Jepsen pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth.
Update: This is also the 11th time they've been shut out this year, the most since the 2003 team.
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