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L.A. Angels (47-30) «000010020381
Washington (30-48)001000100262

Late rally lifts Lackey, Angels to victory over Nationals

CBSSports.com wire reports
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WASHINGTON -- John Lackey knew he had only himself to blame when his throwing error in the seventh inning gave Washington a one-run lead.

No need to worry. His Angels were playing the bumbling Nationals, after all.

Garret Anderson's eighth-inning single drove in the go-ahead run, and Los Angeles took advantage of a series of Washington miscues to rally for a 3-2 victory on Monday night.

"I made a dumb play and the guys picked me up," Lackey said.

Lackey (5-1) was dominant for most of the game, allowing six hits and two runs -- one earned -- in eight innings while striking out six and walking two. He's lasted at least seven innings in all eight of his starts, and dropped his ERA to 1.65.

He got himself into trouble in the seventh, when the Nationals had a runner on third with one out. Lackey caught a line drive back to the mound, but his throw to third in a double-play attempt was wild, allowing the go-ahead run to score.

"I was pretty upset with myself after that one. It wasn't very smart," Lackey said. "The whole thing was not a good play. Let's keep it real. I don't have anything positive to say about that play."

Washington gave the gift right back, though.

Chone Figgins led off the inning with a bunt, and Pete Orr, who had come on in the eighth as a defensive substitution at third base, charged the ball. Orr collided with reliever Saul Rivera (3-4), allowing Figgins to reach first with what the official scorer ruled a single.

Figgins then stole second and advanced to third on catcher Jesus Flores' errant throw. Figgins came home on another error, when second baseman Felipe Lopez was unable to field Erick Aybar's grounder.

"I'm not going to overanalyze it," Washington manager Manny Acta said. "He should have had the ground ball and he didn't catch it."

Aybar advanced to second on the error. One batter later, Anderson singled him home with the eventual winning run.

"We just don't give up," Figgins said. "Our pitching staff keeps us in the ballgame."

Washington's comedy of errors squandered a strong performance by Jason Bergmann, who gave up one run on six hits in seven innings, striking out six without a walk. Bergmann had lost his last four starts, but had to settle for a no-decision in this one.

"That's the way it happens sometimes," Bergmann said. "Seldom do you ever have an inning where it's just a clean hit here, a clean hit there for one run. Usually there's an error or something involved. That's just the way baseball is."

Bergmann was pulled in the seventh inning for pinch-hitter Paul Lo Duca after Willie Harris tripled. Lo Duca hit the liner to Lackey that led to the error, allowing Harris to dash home.

After the error, Lackey came back to the dugout with a message for his teammates: "Pick me up, fellows."

"It shows a lot about the character of the team," he said.

Harris had given the Nationals a 1-0 lead with a leadoff home run to right field in the third inning, his fourth of the year.

The Angels scratched out a run in the fifth. Casey Kotchman led off with a single and advanced to third on Howie Kendrick's double, and Jeff Mathis drove Kotchman home with a sacrifice fly.

After the Angels took the lead in the top of the eighth inning, Lackey retired the side in the bottom of the inning. Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his major league-leading 31st save, moving the Angels to 15-9 in one-run games.

"You have to have the confidence you have enough to win," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "You have to be able to turn the page on mistakes."

Notes

  • Nationals 1B Nick Johnson will undergo a diagnostic arthroscopy on his right wrist Tuesday at the Mayo Clinic. Johnson has been on the DL since May 15 with a tendon tear in his right wrist. "There's a possibility he might be out for the year," Washington general manager Jim Bowden said before Monday's game.
  • The start of the game was delayed 70 minutes by rain.
  • Angels OF Vladimir Guerrero extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single in the sixth inning.
 
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Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez rejoices after nailing down his MLB-leading 31st save.  (AP)
Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez rejoices after nailing down his MLB-leading 31st save. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

J. Bergmann
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 0
K 6
Anaheim

J. Lackey
IP 8.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 2
K 6
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B4110001 .313
Erick Aybar, SS4120000 .274
Garret Anderson, LF4011022 .258
Vladimir Guerrero, RF4010011 .288
Torii Hunter, CF4000012 .272
Casey Kotchman, 1B4120001 .302
Howie Kendrick, 2B3010011 .311
Jeff Mathis, C3001022 .226
John Lackey, P3000012 .000
   a- Gary Matthews Jr., PH1000000 .242
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Totals3438208  
a-grounded out for Lackey in the 9th
Batting
2B - Howie Kendrick (12, Bergmann)
SF - Jeff Mathis (2)
RBI - Garret Anderson (34), Jeff Mathis (19)
SB - Chone Figgins (14, 3rd base off Rivera/Flores), Garret Anderson (5, 2nd base off Rivera/Flores)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Kotchman-Aybar-Lackey
E - John Lackey (2, Throwing)
Los Angeles Angels
John Lackey (W,5-1) 8621261 1.65
Francisco Rodriguez (S,31) 1000130 2.06
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 97-65, Francisco Rodriguez 23-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 8-9
Batters Faced - John Lackey 31, Francisco Rodriguez 4
Washington Nationals
Cristian Guzman, SS4020010 .312
Elijah Dukes, RF3010100 .256
Lastings Milledge, CF4000004 .239
Dmitri Young, 1B3000001 .274
    Pete Orr, 3B1000010 .000
Jesus Flores, C3010120 .307
Ronnie Belliard, 3B-1B3000104 .222
Felipe Lopez, 2B4000031 .248
Willie Harris, LF4221011 .176
Jason Bergmann, P2000010 .000
   a- Paul Lo Duca, PH1000000 .190
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
Totals3226139  
a-lined out for Bergmann in the 7th
Batting
3B - Willie Harris (2, Lackey)
HR - Willie Harris (4, Lackey)
RBI - Willie Harris (9)
SB - Ronnie Belliard (1, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Mathis)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Guzman-F. Lopez-Young
E - Jesus Flores (3, Throwing), Felipe Lopez (9, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
Jason Bergmann 7611060 4.60
Saul Rivera (BS,4; L,3-4) 1221010 3.91
Jon Rauch 1000010 2.39
HBP - Kendrick (by Jason Bergmann)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Bergmann 82-58, Saul Rivera 21-12, Jon Rauch 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Bergmann 8-6, Saul Rivera 1-2, Jon Rauch 2-0
Batters Faced - Jason Bergmann 27, Saul Rivera 6, Jon Rauch 3
Game Information
Attendance - 24805
Game Time - 2:12
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Mark Wegner