Beckett, Lackey Grab 15 Wins
Boston, Anaheim stars lead baseball
By Greg Atwan,  Newser User
Posted Aug 12, 2007 12:14 PM CDT
Boston Red Sox starter Josh Beckett delivers a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Red Sox righty Josh Beckett became the first pitcher with 15 wins last night against Baltimore, and led the major leagues until Angels ace John Lackey joined him a few hours later. Beckett nearly endured the entire contest at Camden Yards, replaced only for the final out after he gave up his first two runs 2/3 through the 9th. Beckett left the 6-2 win with 8 hits and as many strikeouts, and Jonathan Papelbon got the easy save.

Lackey, meanwhile, got his milestone win at home, pitching a slightly messier eight innings in what would be a 4-3 victory over the Twins. Lackey trailed Minnesota righty Carlos Silva, who had a brilliant two-hitter entering the eighth, when unlikely slugger Macier Itzuris hit his third homer in 11 at bats, a two-run shot to put Anaheim on top. Lackey logged 10 hits, but got the win in the series opener.