Lackey is 4-0 since a 6-3 loss to Seattle on July 9, allowing three earned runs or fewer in six of seven outings. The right-hander yielded three runs and nine hits over six innings Saturday against Boston, but did not receive a decision in the Angels’ 4-3 loss. He struck out six and walked five.
Lackey beat Baltimore 8-4 on Aug. 3 in Anaheim, surrendering two earned runs and eight hits over 6 2-3 innings, striking out seven and walking three. He has excelled on the road this year, going 6-1 with a 3.63 ERA in 14 outings.
The Angels maintained a 2 1/2 -game lead over Oakland in the West with Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over the struggling Orioles. Bartolo Colon became the AL’s first 17-game winner and Francisco Rodriguez earned his 30th save as Los Angeles won for the eighth time in its last 12 games.
The Angels are 2-0 on a six-game road trip and have won five in a row away from home overall.
Baltimore’s Rafael Palmeiro returned to the lineup after missing five games with a sprained right ankle. He went 0-for-3 with the sacrifice fly and is 2-for-11 in three games since returning Aug. 11 from a 10-day suspension for using steroids.
The Orioles have lost five in a row overall and three straight at home.