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A's go down quietly: Lackey outduels Haren

OAKLAND -- With no chance left to start the postseason at home, the Los Angeles Angels stopped their three-game losing streak.

John Lackey took over the American League lead in earned run average, Vladimir Guerrero homered and drove in two runs and the Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 2-0 on Friday night.

Lackey (19-9) allowed two hits in seven innings, struck out two and walked none, lowering his ERA to 3.01, just ahead of Cleveland's Fausto Carmona (3.06) and Oakland's Dan Haren (3.07).

He improved to 12-3 with a 2.84 ERA against the A's and faced 23 hitters, two over the minimum. He retired his final 15 batters. Francisco Rodriguez completed the three-hitter, getting three outs for his 39th save in 44 chances.

The Angels will open the playoffs Wednesday or Thursday at Boston, with Cleveland hosting the New York Yankees in the other AL series. The Red Sox and Indians clinched home field because they have tiebreaker advantages over the Angels, who are just 13-13 in September.

Haren (15-9) allowed two runs -- one earned -- and three hits in six innings.

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