for this game

Rangers win in Lee's final start before playoffs

Oct 1, 2010 - 3:55 AM ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Cliff Lee flashed some of his 2009 playoff form in his final start of the regular season.

Texas' ace left-hander pitched seven innings in a postseason tuneup and Vladimir Guerrero drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth, leading the Texas Rangers past the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 on Thursday night.

Lee held the Angels to four hits and an unearned run in seven innings. He will start Game 1 of the AL division series Wednesday against either Tampa Bay or New York.

Lee was a playoff star last season with the Philadelphia Phillies, going 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA in five starts.

"I got everything where I wanted headed into the postseason," said Lee, who struck out eight and didn't walk a batter Thursday. "I made a little adjustment mechanically and it worked out. Hopefully, I can carry that into the postseason and continue to give the team a chance to win."

Rangers manager Ron Washington said Lee has been tinkering with his changeup as the season winds down.

"This is the last one before we head out Wednesday," Washington said. "So it was nice for him to leave out on a good note."

Nelson Cruz, who had three hits, doubled to right and stole third on a pitch in the dirt with one out in the eighth. Guerrero lined a single to left off reliever Jordan Walden (0-1) to give Texas the lead.

Guerrero drove in two runs and has 16 RBIs against his former team this season. He played six seasons with the Angels before joining the Rangers in 2010.

"You can see it in his eyes," Los Angeles right fielder Torii Hunter said. "He's trying to go deep on every pitch against us."

Darren O'Day (6-2) relieved Lee and allowed a game-tying home run to Peter Bourjos.

Neftali Feliz pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 39th save in 42 chances.

The AL West champion Rangers have an 11-game lead in the division, the largest in franchise history.

Los Angeles (78-81) must win its final three games to avoid its first losing season since 2003.

Angels starter Scott Kazmir allowed two runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings. The left-hander made his final start of the season and is 2-10 since June 24.

Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said the upcoming offseason would be the most important of Kazmir's career.

"This is when he needs to turn the page and I think he will do that," Scioscia said.

Julio Borbon and Elvis Andrus had consecutive one-out singles off Kazmir in the third. Michael Young's sacrifice fly to the warning track scored Borbon and gave Texas a 1-0 lead.

Ian Kinsler led off the fourth with a double to center and he came around on Guerrero's double.

Lee bounced back after losing last Thursday at Oakland when gave up four runs in five innings. The left-hander struck out three of the first four batters and allowed three hits through five innings before Los Angeles scored.

"Obviously, you want to get your stuff right headed into the postseason," Lee said. "You want to have a good feeling about where you're at and the way your pitches are working."

Bourjos, who had three hits, led off the sixth with a double and reached third on Borbon's fielding error in center field. Bobby Abreu hit a sacrifice fly to bring the Angels within 2-1.

Notes: Scioscia didn't know whether Dan Haren would start Sunday's season finale after the right-hander threw a bullpen session before Thursday's game. Haren has pitched 222 innings this season. "We'll see where we are on Sunday." Scioscia said. "He's got a lot of innings under his belt, that's for sure." Andrus was back in the starting lineup after sitting out consecutive games. Kazmir dropped to 0-3 against Texas this season.






  • 55
    roots
    MattDOOM777 Added 5 roots

    Angels 2, Rangers 3  FinalOct 6 5:42 PM


  • Rangers 3, Angels 2 - FINAL
    LA ANGELS ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    P Bourjos cf 4 2 3 1 0 1 0 .201
    H Kendrick 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .278
    B Abreu lf 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 .255
    T Hunter rf 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .283
    M Napoli 1b 4 0 0 0 0 3 1 .240
    H Matsui dh 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .272
    A Callas

    Sep 30 10:42 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY VLADIMIR GUERRERO SCORED NELSON CRUZ
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, V GUERRERO ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 2
    TEXAS 3 BOTTOM,8TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: I KINSLER (.291, 0-FOR-1, BB, HBP)

    Angels 2, Rangers 3  Bot 8, 0 OutsSep 30 10:24 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: B Wilson in as catcher.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 2
    TEXAS 2 BOTTOM,8TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M YOUNG (.285, 0-FOR-1, BB, SF, RBI)

    Angels 2, Rangers 2  Bot 8, 0 OutsSep 30 10:24 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: M Izturis pinch-hitting for J Mathis.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 1
    TEXAS 2 TOP,8TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: M IZTURIS (.251, 3 HR, 26 RBI)

    Angels 1, Rangers 2  Top 8, 0 OutsSep 30 10:24 PM
  • 50
    roots
    RUWTbot Took away 75 roots (Close Finish)

    Angels 2, Rangers 3  Bot 8, 0 OutsSep 30 10:24 PM
  • 125
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 75 roots (Close Finish)

    Angels 2, Rangers 2  Bot 8, 0 OutsSep 30 10:24 PM
  • 50
    roots
    RUWTbot Took away 75 roots (Close Finish)

    Angels 1, Rangers 2  Top 8, 0 OutsSep 30 10:24 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY PETER BOURJOS (5) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 8TH OFF DARREN O'DAY.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 2, TEXAS 2
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: H KENDRICK (.279, 0-FOR-3)

    Angels 2, Rangers 2  Top 8, 0 OutsSep 30 10:15 PM
  • 125
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 90 roots (Close Finish)

    Angels 2, Rangers 2  Top 8, 0 OutsSep 30 10:15 PM
  • 35
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 35 roots (Close Finish)

    Angels 1, Rangers 2  Bot 7, 0 OutsSep 30 9:59 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY BOBBY ABREU SCORED PETER BOURJOS
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 1
    TEXAS 2 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: T HUNTER (.284, 0-FOR-2)

    Angels 1, Rangers 2  Top 6, 0 OutsSep 30 9:41 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY VLADIMIR GUERRERO SCORED NELSON CRUZ
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, V GUERRERO ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 0
    TEXAS 2 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: I KINSLER (.292, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Angels 0, Rangers 2  Bot 4, 0 OutsSep 30 9:12 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MICHAEL YOUNG SCORED JULIO BORBON
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E ANDRUS ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 0
    TEXAS 1 BOTTOM,3RD
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: N CRUZ (.312, 0-FOR-1)

    Angels 0, Rangers 1  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 30 9:00 PM