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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)—R.A. Dickey is making a strong bid to secure a spot in the Texas Rangers’ rotation next season.

Dickey pitched six solid innings, tying Toronto’s Mark Hendrickson for the most wins among AL rookies, as the Rangers beat the Anaheim Angels 3-2 Friday night.

Dickey (9-8) allowed one run and five hits. He struck out six and walked one.

“We’ve got a ton of confidence in R.A.,” said teammate Michael Young, who had three hits. “He attacks the hitters, he has a good tempo to get us off the field fast and he doesn’t beat himself. He gives us a chance to win.”

The 28-year-old Dickey started the season in the minors before being promoted by the Rangers on April 13. Dickey pitched out of the bullpen until he got his first major league start on July 11.

Dickey was making his 12th start of the season Friday night, and he snapped a personal three-game losing streak.

“As long as I feel I kept us in the game, I’m happy,” Dickey said. “I felt like I had good stuff and stayed aggressive.”

Tying for the rookie lead in wins isn’t a source of pride for Dickey, however.

“To be honest with you, I should be first,” he said. “I’ve given away a lot of games we should have won. I’m capable of being better.”

Francisco Cordero got three straight outs for his 15th save in 24 chances. Texas had lost six of its previous nine games.

“When you get good pitching, the defense matters more, runs matter more,” Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. “R.A. is finishing the season strong. He seems to get stronger as the game goes on.”

The Angels have lost eight of their last 10 and their lead over the last-place Rangers in the AL West slipped to three games.

Texas is 8-6 in the season series, and 20-13 against Anaheim the last two years.

“We have never looked at the standings,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We came out to win a ballgame, and where you finish is where you finish. We didn’t reach our goal of making the playoffs.”

The Rangers took a 3-0 lead in the third against John Lackey (9-16) on Alex Rodriguez’s RBI single and Mark Teixeira’s two-run single. Lackey threw 49 pitches in the inning, and Texas left the bases loaded.

Anaheim made it 3-1 in the fourth on Tim Salmon’s 18th homer. Salmon has 32 career homers against the Rangers, fifth among Texas opponents.

Lackey gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked three.

The Angels got to 3-2 in the seventh on David Eckstein’s RBI single off reliever Aaron Fultz.

Ron Mahay worked a perfect eighth for the Rangers.


Anaheim’s Garret Anderson had a first-inning single that gave him 196 hits, a career high. … Salmon has 17 career homers at The Ballpark in Arlington, tying Toronto’s Carlos Delgado for the most by a Rangers opponent. … Lackey is 2-8 since the All-Star break. … Scioscia said OF Darin Erstad, out since early August with hamstring tendinitis, won’t play again this season. Erstad had been taking early batting practice with the hope of getting back in the lineup before the end of the year. … The Rangers opened their final home series of the season. … The Rangers went over 2 million in home attendance for the eighth straight season. … Texas RHP Jeff Zimmerman will have his right elbow examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum this weekend. Zimmerman, who’s missed the season while recovering from elbow ligament transplant surgery last year, is bothered by an irritated ulnar nerve after pitching in the Arizona FallLeague in mid-August.

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