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He needed 99 pitches through 5.2 innings to do it, but Scott Kazmir picked up his first win of the season and kept the Angels rolling, stretching their winning streak to five and pushing them past .500 for the first time since their Opening Day win. It wasn’t the easiest of wins, but it’s a win nonetheless.
Kazmir gave up six hits and two runs over his 5.2 innings, striking out seven and walking none while allowing six runs, though he looked far better than Tigers’ starter Rick Porcello, who gave up six runs on eight hits over 4.1 innings, while striking out five and walking two. Kazmir’s ERA, sitting at 13.50 after his first start of the season, dropped to 7.45 after this outing, while Porcello’s has done nothing but climb through his last two games, sitting over 6.00 after the shelling he took at the hands of the Angels.
The Angels’ pen, again, had some issues, as Scott Shields was charged with three runs in the 6th, after walking three batters before being replaced by Matt Palmer, who promptly gave up a bases-clearing double to pull the Tigers to within one. The pen was able to close the door after that, and the Angels hung on to win 6-5.
The Angels will try to make it six in a row tonight, sending Jered Weaver to the mound. The Tigers send out Jeremy Bonderman. Game time tonight is at 7:05 p.m. PT, with the game broadcast locally on KCOP.