Halos back Lackey in rout of Rays
Righty improves to 7-1 vs. Tampa Bay with strong showing
ANAHEIM -- John Lackey continued his mastery of Tampa Bay as the Angels beat the Devil Rays, 9-1, on Wednesday night before 36,850 at Angel Stadium.Lackey (3-2), who improved to 7-1 lifetime against the Rays, pitched six innings allowing one run on seven hits. He walked two and struck out seven as the Angels (11-10) moved back over the .500 mark. Edwin Jackson (0-3) was the tough-luck loser for the Rays (9-12). He was victimized by three infield errors and has yet to win a game as a Tampa Bay starter (0-5). Six of the Angels runs were unearned, three of which came in the fifth inning after the teams were scoreless through 5 1/2 innings.
Lackey was at his best when the game was on the line in the sixth after being staked to a 3-0 lead.
Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford lined a single to center with one out and stole his fifth base of the season. He then scored on a single to left by Delmon Young, who had three hits on the night. Carlos Pena lined a single to center and Elijah Dukes drew a walk loading the bases with one out. Lackey then got Dioner Navarro to pop out to shortstop and struck out B.J. Upton on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning."Those guys over there can score a lot of runs," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "They've got an offense that can run the bases aggressively. They've got power throughout the lineup. And John had to work hard to get to that point. And he had a couple key at-bats where he had to make some pitches, and he did." Justin Speier, Hector Carrasco and Chris Bootcheck finished off the game for the Angels. And the Angels finished off the Devil Rays with a six-run seventh inning. A bases-loaded double by Garret Anderson off Tampa Bay reliever Juan Salas and a two-run single by Shea Hillenbrand off of Ruddy Lugo high-lighted the inning. Both of those hits came with two out. Hillenbrand, Gary Matthews Jr., Mike Napoli and Erick Aybar each had two hits for the Angels. "I would have liked to get a little deeper into the game," said Lackey, who came into the game with a 2.61 lifetime ERA against the Rays. "We had so many of our guys [in the bullpen] who got worked hard [on Tuesday]. They have a good young team over there. They've been scoring runs and to be able to hold them down was a good sign all around."
Sandy Burgin is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.