After a 21-minute, 45-pitch, 3-run first, John Lackey (12-5, 2.98 ERA) settled in for five more innings and gave up only one more run on seven hits. The righty struck out five and walked one, helping the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers for the 19th time in 23 contests.
Vladimir Guerrero, Reggie Willits and Gary Matthews Jr. had two RBIs a piece for the Halos, who held onto their three-game lead over the Seattle Mariners in the AL West.
C.J. Wilson should join the circus. That is not normal.
Kameron Loe (5-7, 5.49 ERA) lasted just 2.2 innings, giving up five runs - three earned - on five hits with a season-high five walks.
Behind Loe, Kenny Lofton went 3-for-5, but failed to drive in any runs. Michael Young, Frank Catalanotto, Gerald Laird and Mark Teixeira had an RBI each for Texas.