ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – John Lackey allowed three hits over five scoreless innings in his final playoff tuneup and Garret Anderson hit a three-run homer as the AL West-champion Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 7-1 on Friday night.

Lackey (14-5), who was sharp despite pitching on three days’ rest, will start the Angels’ second playoff game next week against an opponent still to be determined. Bartolo Colon draws the Game 1 assignment for Los Angeles.

Lackey improved to 9-2 on the road, struck out four and walked one to help the Angels to their 12th victory in 14 games.

Kelvim Escobar went two scoreless innings for the Angels and Esteban Yan allowed Kevin Mench’s sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Texas’ Michael Young, the AL batting leader at .332, went 0-for-4 to end his career-high 25-game hitting streak.

The Rangers remained at a club-record 259 homers, five short of tying the major league mark set by the Seattle Mariners in 1997.

R.A. Dickey (1-2) allowed five runs and five hits in 4 2-3 innings in his fourth major league start as a knuckleballer. He walked five and struck out two.

Dickey’s knuckler was missing the strike zone in the first inning as he walked three of the first four batters. The Angels got the game’s first run on Darin Erstad’s fielder’s choice grounder, and Bengie Molina followed with an RBI single.

Anderson snapped a 1-for-24 slump in the fifth with his 16th homer off Dickey, extending the Angels’ lead to 5-0.

In the seventh, Casey Kotchman’s RBI double and Josh Paul’s run-scoring single off Edison Volquez made it 7-0.

Notes: The Angels lead the season series 13-4. … Pitching coach Orel Hershiser rejoined the Rangers after missing a three-game series in Seattle to attend his father-in-law’s funeral in San Antonio. … Alfonso Soriano had two stolen bases in the fourth, giving him 30 for the season. Soriano became the first Ranger with 30 homers and 30 steals. He has only been caught stealing twice this season. … Vladimir Guerrero has hit safely in all 35 career games against Texas, matching the longest streak against one team in major league history. Ken Griffey Jr. hit in 35 straight games against Cleveland from 1992-96.

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