Anaheim at Texas

L.A. Angels
W: J. Lackey (14-5) L: R. Dickey (1-2)
HR: ANA - G. Anderson (16)   TEX - None

Angels 7, Rangers 1

CBS wire reports

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Los Angeles Angels don't know who they will face in the first round of the playoffs. On Friday night, they looked ready for anybody.

John Lackey allowed three hits over five scoreless innings in his final playoff tuneup and Garret Anderson hit a three-run homer as the AL West champion Angels beat the Texas Rangers 7-1.

"Every team in the playoffs is a good team," manager Mike Scioscia said. "It'll come down to how you execute down to the end."

Lackey (14-5), who was sharp despite pitching on three days' rest, will start the Angels' second playoff game next week against an opponent still to be determined. Bartolo Colon draws the Game 1 assignment for Los Angeles.

Lackey improved to 9-2 on the road, struck out four and walked one to help the Angels to their 12th victory in 14 games. Lackey finished with a career-high 199 strikeouts.

"John looks ready to go," Scioscia said. "He's one of the top pitchers in our league. He had quite a year."

Since the All-Star break, Lackey is 8-1 with a 2.57 ERA in 15 starts.

Anderson snapped a 1-for-24 slump with his 16th homer. He's been bothered by knee and back problems and is currently serving as the designated hitter. The Angels are unsure whether Anderson will be available to play left field in the playoffs, but his bat will be in the lineup.

"In the playoffs, you're going to see good pitching so it's going to take everybody," Angels second baseman Adam Kennedy said. "But having Garret swing the bat like that will be big for us."

Kelvim Escobar went two scoreless innings for the Angels and Esteban Yan allowed Kevin Mench's sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Texas' Michael Young, the AL batting leader at .332, went 0-for-4 to end his career-high 25-game hitting streak. Young's streak is the second-longest in club history behind Gabe Kapler's 28-game run in 2000.

"It really wasn't that big of a deal," Young said. "Granted, I want to get hits every game but not to keep a streak alive. I want to help us win."

The Rangers remained at a club-record 259 homers, five short of tying the major-league mark set by the Seattle Mariners in 1997.

R.A. Dickey (1-2) allowed five runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings in his fourth major-league start as a knuckleballer. He walked five and struck out two.

Dickey's knuckler was missing the strike zone in the first inning, as he walked three of the first four batters. The Angels scored the game's first run on Darin Erstad's fielder's choice grounder, and Bengie Molina followed with an RBI single.

"Obviously with a pitch like the knuckleball, you have to throw it in the strike zone to have guys respect it and I had a tough time doing it," Dickey said. "I had a really good knuckleball but I couldn't control it and that's part of the learning curve."

Anderson's homer off Dickey extended the Angels' lead to 5-0.

In the seventh, Casey Kotchman's RBI double and Josh Paul's run-scoring single off Edison Volquez made it 7-0.


Lackey left right after the game for a family wedding on Saturday in his hometown of Abilene, Texas. ... The Angels lead the season series 13-4. ... Pitching coach Orel Hershiser rejoined the Rangers after missing a three-game series in Seattle to attend his father-in-law's funeral in San Antonio. ... Alfonso Soriano had two stolen bases in the fourth, giving him 30 for the season. Soriano became the first Ranger with 30 homers and 30 steals. He has only been caught stealing twice this season. ... Vladimir Guerrero has hit safely in all 35 career games against Texas, matching the longest streak against one team in major-league history. Ken Griffey Jr. hit in 35 consecutive games against Cleveland from 1992-96.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Players of the Game

G. Anderson
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

J. Lackey
IP 5.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 1
K 4

Related Video

April 21, 2017
Stock Down: Texas Rangers (0:49)
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B-2B5110121 .288
Orlando Cabrera, SS2310200 .258
    Maicer Izturis, SS1000001 .249
Garret Anderson, DH4113003 .279
   a- Jose Molina, PH-DH1000001 .229
Vladimir Guerrero, RF2010100 .317
   b- Casey Kotchman, PH-1B2121000 .271
Darin Erstad, 1B3001101 .272
    Jeff DaVanon, PR-RF0000100 .231
Bengie Molina, C2021100 .297
    Josh Paul, C2011003 .189
Steve Finley, CF4010115 .219
Juan Rivera, LF5010004 .271
Adam Kennedy, 2B4110003 .300
    Robb Quinlan, 3B1000001 .235
a-hit into fielder's choice for G. Anderson in the 8th
b-doubled for Guerrero in the 7th
2B - Orlando Cabrera (28, Volquez), Casey Kotchman (5, Volquez)
HR - Garret Anderson (16, Dickey)
RBI - Garret Anderson 3 (93), Casey Kotchman (21), Darin Erstad (65), Bengie Molina (69), Josh Paul (4)
2-OUT RBI - Bengie Molina (39)
SB - Chone Figgins (59, 2nd base off Dickey/Barajas), Adam Kennedy (19, 2nd base off Dickey/Barajas)
Team LOB - 12
DP - Cabrera-Erstad, Cabrera-Kennedy-Erstad
PB - Bengie Molina (10)
Los Angeles Angels
John Lackey (W,14-5) 5300140 3.44
Kelvim Escobar 2100020 3.02
Esteban Yan 2111110 4.31
HBP - Dellucci (by John Lackey), Teixeira (by John Lackey)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 86-48, Kelvim Escobar 22-18, Esteban Yan 27-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 6-4, Kelvim Escobar 1-3, Esteban Yan 2-3
Batters Faced - John Lackey 20, Kelvim Escobar 7, Esteban Yan 8
Texas Rangers
David Dellucci, DH3010010 .253
Michael Young, SS4000002 .332
    Jason Botts, LF0000000 .318
Mark Teixeira, 1B3000000 .298
    Marshall McDougall, SS0000000 .188
Hank Blalock, 3B3100112 .262
Alfonso Soriano, 2B3010102 .267
Adrian Gonzalez, RF-1B4010012 .230
Kevin Mench, LF-RF3021001 .268
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4000033 .253
Rod Barajas, C3000013 .253
SF - Kevin Mench (3)
RBI - Kevin Mench (73)
SB - Alfonso Soriano 2 (30, 2nd base off Lackey/Molina, 3rd base off Lackey/Molina)
Team LOB - 7
DP - McDougall-Gonzalez
E - Adrian Gonzalez (3, misplayed ball)
Texas Rangers
R.A. Dickey (L,1-2) 4.2555521 6.67
Erasmo Ramirez 1.1000010 4.35
Edison Volquez 0.2322200 14.21
Brian Shouse 1.1200100 5.33
Scott Feldman 1200000 0.96
WP - R.A. Dickey (2)
Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 112-57, Erasmo Ramirez 15-12, Edison Volquez 20-7, Brian Shouse 35-21, Scott Feldman 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 5-7, Erasmo Ramirez 1-2, Brian Shouse 2-2, Scott Feldman 1-1
Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 24, Erasmo Ramirez 4, Edison Volquez 7, Brian Shouse 7, Scott Feldman 4
Game Information
Attendance - 38187
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Joe West