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Angels Defeat Orioles 5-1, John Lackey Wins His 8th

John Lackey had to be the ace of the Angels' staff Friday night after Jered Weaver got slapped around on Friday. He danced around 7 hits in 7 innings pitched, allowing only 1 run and got his 8th win of the season.

The Angels remain 4.5 Games ahead of the Texas Rangers in the AL West.

The big hit was a Juan Rivera bases loaded single that would have only allowed one run had Adam Jones not made an error. It cleared the bases after Oriole outfielder's miscue.

The Angels did all of their scoring in a 5-Run 3rd inning, when they batted around, bashing around Oriole Rookie Brian Matusz in his Camden Yards debut. I was at a wedding and missed the game, but checked the final score on my phone and all this news was almost as good as the cake. That is how good the cake was, because the Angels needed a sweet start by Lackey and the Frosting of a Robb Quinlan RBI and a Brian Fuentes 1-2-3 save with 2 on and no out in the 9th is pretty sweet. But it was damn good cake.