ARLINGTON - Cliff Lee's final start before the playoffs couldn't have gone much better, as the left-hander pitched seven innings of four-hit ball in a 3-2 Texas victory over Los Angeles.
Lee, who did not factor in the decision, allowed one unearned run. He struck out eight and didn't walk a batter. He threw 93 pitches, 62 for strikes.
The only thing that prevented Lee from getting a victory was an eighth-inning homer by Peter Bourjos off Darren O'Day. That homer tied the game at 2-2.
The Rangers won the game in the bottom of the eighth. Nelson Cruz doubled with one out and then stole third off Mansfield product Jordan Walden (0-1). Vladimir Guerrero scored him with a sharp single to left, giving him 114 RBIs on the season. He also had an RBI double in the fourth inning.
Despite allowing the homer, O'Day (6-2) picked up the victory. Neftali Feliz worked around a leadoff walk for his 39th save.
The Rangers now have 89 victories with three games remaining. If they win all three, they meet Nolan Ryan's spring projection of 92 victories. They now have an 11-game lead in the division for the first time in franchise history.
- Anthony Andro