Kazmir shuts down Rangers in series opener

Scott Kazmir took a shutout into the eighth inning, and Ben Zobrist and Carlos Pena homered on consecutive pitches as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Texas Rangers 5-3 on Friday night.
Kazmir (8-7) didn't allow a run until Taylor Teagarden opened
the eighth with a homer. The left-hander, who has won four straight
starts at home, wound up allowing three runs and five hits over 7
1-3 innings.
Zobrist hit a two-run shot and Pena followed with his 32nd homer
of the season to put Tampa Bay ahead 5-0 in the fifth. Zobrist has
homered in three straight games.
Dustin Nippert (4-2) gave up five runs and seven hits in five
innings for the Rangers.


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