ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—John Lackey relished the challenge of facing a future Hall of Famer.
“I’m a long way from what he’s done,” the 25-year-old Lackey said. “But it was fun—a playoff-type atmosphere, two good teams, a good pitcher on the other side.
“I new it was going to be a low-scoring game with Maddux out there.”
Lackey (4-7) held the Cubs to two runs and seven hits in seven innings to win for the first time in five decisions. He struck out six, walked one and didn’t allow a hit after the third inning.
Maddux (5-5) gave up three runs and seven hits in seven innings, with six strikeouts and no walks. He remained six wins shy of becoming the 22nd pitcher to reach 300.
“It’s special to pitch against him,” Lackey said.
The 38-year-old Maddux, a four-time Cy Young winner, was impressed by Lackey.
“He had a good cutter, a good breaking ball and a good slider,” Maddux said. “He pitched to our lefties pretty good.”
Maddux wasn’t so bad, either.
“The first time he’s tough to face, the 50th time he’s tough to face,” Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said. “His fastball’s not as firm as it once was, but it’s amazing what he can do with a baseball. The way he can create four or five different looks with his fastball is just uncanny.”
Lackey beat another Dusty Baker-managed team, the San Francisco Giants, on the same field in Game 7 of the 2002 World Series.
“He threw about the same as he did last time. It was a couple of years ago, so my memory’s not sharp,” the Cubs’ manager said.
Down 2-1, the Angels scored twice to go ahead in the fourth inning.
Chicago center fielder Corey Patterson had a play on the ball, but appeared to think he was closer to the fence than he was. He leaped high enough, but the ball hit the fence a foot from his glove.
Casey Kotchman followed with an RBI single to right.
Todd Hollandsworth’s RBI single in the first inning gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead, but the Angels tied it on Guerrero’s sacrifice fly in the bottom half.
Lackey was 0-4 with a 7.66 ERA in his previous five starts, but he was coming off a solid outing against Cleveland in which he gave up three runs andeight hits in eight innings of a 3-2 loss.
Anaheim RHP Aaron Sele was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of fatigue in his right shoulder, the same one he had surgery on two years ago. The Angels recalled INF-OF Robb Quinlan from Triple-A Salt Lake. … Chicago OF Tom Goodwin, on the DL since May 24 with a strained right groin, was activated. He is hitting .214 with three RBIs in 23 games. The Cubs sent INF David Kelton to Triple-A Iowa. … The Cubs’ Mark Prior will make his third start of the year Monday in Houston against Roger Clemens, who is 9-0 with an NL-best 2.08ERA.