The small-ball approach was very much in effect for the Bulldogs (8-10, 5-5 in league) after Grant Bushey singled to lead off the seventh. He was sacrificed to second base and took third on a wild pitch.
Pinch-hitter Keith Hoefel's hard-hit grounder to the left side of the infield was too sharply hit to score Bushey on its own, but the ball was misplayed for an error that allowed the game's first run to score.
A fielding error on Steven Parks' infield grounder put runners on first and third, setting up the next unconventional play. Parks took off for second, drawing a throw to first from starter Michael Chico.
The Nitros became involved in a rundown with Park as pinch-runner Ian Glebocki easily scored an insurance run from third.
"I had faith in my teammates and I knew they'd come through," said Burbank pitcher Ben Levitt (5-3), who earned the win after being removed for a pinch hitter in the seventh.
Glendale (3-15, 2-8) began the bottom of the seventh with a single by Kevin Perez, who advanced on a one-out single by Chris Osuna.
In another bang-bang sequence, the Nitros were able to score Perez on an errant pick-off throw over first base, but had Osuna gunned down at third for the second out.
Losing the game-tying baserunner proved to be the Nitros' momentum killer, as the game ended on the next at-bat.
"We played well enough to win this game — it's just incredibly disappointing," Glendale Coach Jon Keefer said. "Michael Chico did everything he could for us to win this game, but when crunch time came we had guys not getting the job done."
The win keeps the Bulldogs in fourth place in league, as the team is trying to secure the final spot to earn a berth in the CIF Southern Section postseason.
Burbank returns to league action at 7 p.m. today against host Cresenta Valley.