ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP)—Peter Bourjos(notes) hit a tiebreaking three-run homer, Scott Kazmir(notes) won for the first time in six weeks and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 on Sunday.
Bourjos connected on a full-count pitch from Jeff Niemann(notes) (10-7) with two out in the fourth, giving Los Angeles a 4-1 lead. Both baserunners—Howie Kendrick(notes) and Hank Conger(notes)—reached on walks.
Kazmir (9-14) picked up his first win since Aug. 7, allowing one run and six hits over five innings. He was 1-9 in his previous 12 starts.
Niemann lasted just 4 1-3 innings, giving up five runs and six hits. The right-hander is 0-4 in five starts since returning from a strained right shoulder on Aug. 25.
Kazmir made his first appearance at Tropicana Field since being traded to Los Angeles by the Rays on Aug. 28, 2009. He has lost two starts against Tampa Bay at Angel Stadium.
NOTES: Abreu has 15 multihomer games. … Angels C Mike Napoli(notes) was scratched from the starting lineup because of right forearm tightness. … Shoppach’s homer was his first since he went deep twice and drove in five runs on Aug. 14 against Baltimore. … Kendrick went 2 for 3 and has 19 hits in 35 at-bats overall this season against the Rays. … Zobrist snapped out of an 0-for-23 rut with a ground-rule double in the eighth. Angels RF Torii Hunter(notes) was OK after tumbling over a short wall down the line after fielding Zobrist’s hit.