BALTMORE — John Lackey allowed one run in seven innings, and the Los Angeles Angels beat Baltimore 5-1 Saturday night to spoil the Camden Yards debut of rookie left-hander Brian Matusz.
Chone Figgins had three hits, a walk and a stolen base for the Angels, who are 20-8 since the All-Star break. Los Angeles improved to 6-2 against Baltimore and clinched the season series for a sixth straight year.
The Angels scored all their runs in the third inning against Matusz, a highly touted prospect making his third major league start. Los Angeles got only three hits in the inning but took full advantage of three walks and an error.
That proved to be more than enough support for Lackey (8-5), who is 5-1 with a 1.89 ERA over his last seven starts. The right-hander yielded seven hits, walked one and struck out six.
After Jason Bulger gave up a hit and a walk in the ninth, Brian Fuentes got three straight outs to earn his 33rd save in 37 opportunities.
Matusz (1-2) allowed four earned runs, 11 hits and three walks in 5 2-3 innings. The 22-year-old had a career-high seven strikeouts, including Bobby Abreu three times, but his pitch count was at 98 when he was lifted.
Melvin Mora had three hits and Nick Markakis had two hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who failed to sustain any momentum from their 16-6 rout of the Angels on Friday night. Baltimore has lost 11 of 15 and is 8-20 since the All-Star break.
The Angels batted around in the decisive third inning. After two walks and a single loaded the bases, Matusz walked Vladimir Guerrero and Juan Rivera hit an RBI single to center that Adam Jones misplayed, allowing another run to score. Howie Kendrick followed with a run-scoring grounder and Robb Quinlan added an RBI single.
Baltimore got a run back in the bottom half when Jones tripled and scored on a double by Markakis.
The Orioles got only two runners in scoring position the rest of the way.
NOTES: Markakis has reached base in 35 straight games, the longest current streak in the majors and a new personal best. ... Angels CF Torii Hunter (groin) is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list Sunday, manager Mike Scioscia said. He's been out since July 10. ... Baltimore's Brian Roberts hit his AL-leading 44th double, the fourth in two games. ... Aubrey Huff went 0 for 2 against Lackey and is 2 for 30 (.067) lifetime against him.