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Rookie Jered Weaver picks up second win in as many outings

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CLEVELAND --Jered Weaver might not be making any upcoming trips to Utah, Arkansas or Rancho Cucamonga.

After two impressive starts in the majors, Weaver may have left the minor leagues in his rearview mirror.

"I definitely want to stay up here," he said.

Weaver took a two-hit shutout into the seventh inning and won his second straight start in the majors, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 10-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.

Until the Indians pushed a run across in the seventh on consecutive hits, Weaver was on his way to trumping his dazzling debut of May 27, when he limited Baltimore to three hits in seven scoreless innings.

The right-hander may not be known as Jeff Weaver's little brother much longer.

"He's got the makeup," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's not afraid to challenge guys. He has shown that at Salt Lake and now here. His command is terrific for a guy with a complicated delivery, which is why we are every excited about what he can do for us."

Weaver allowed two runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings, walked two and struck out eight. The Indians managed to get just one runner to second base before the seventh when Casey Blake singled and scored on Ben Broussard's double.

Scioscia then replaced Weaver, who threw 99 pitches -- two more than against the Orioles.

For six innings, the 23-year-old dominated the Indians, who came in as the second-highest scoring team in the majors and with the AL's second-best batting average (.290). They had never seen the lanky Weaver other than on videotape, and he was even more impressive in person.

His unorthodox delivery -- he briefly turns his back to the plate, making it tough to pick up the ball -- baffled the Indians. Beyond that, Weaver's fastball was consistently in the low 90s and he occasionally mixed in a slider and changeup.

"For a young kid, he's pretty poised," Indians outfielder Jason Michaels said. "This is his only second year in pro ball, but he has a lot of poise out there. He knows how to pitch and uses his stuff."

Vladimir Guerrero hit a two-run homer off Cleveland starter Jason Johnson (3-5) in the first, Dallas McPherson connected for another one off Guillermo Mota in the sixth and Garret Anderson hit a three-run shot off the Indians' ineffective reliever in the seventh.

The Angels had a season-high six steals, running at will against Johnson and backup catcher Tim Laker.

Michaels homered for the Indians, who are 6-16 against the Angels at home since 2001.

Angels center fielder Chone Figgins helped keep the Indians off the scoreboard with a sensational catch in the fourth that turned into a double play.

Travis Hafner walked and Blake hit a hard liner to center that initially looked like it might clear the wall. But Figgins sprinted back and made a lunging catch on the warning track before crashing into the padding.

Hafner never stopped running on the play, and was standing on third when Figgins threw back to the infield to double him up.

"That play was unbelievable," Weaver said.

Weaver's strong start could make things interesting when the Angels get back Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon, who is out with a shoulder injury. Scioscia may have to chose one of the Weavers to stay in his rotation.

"We'll see how things pan out," Scioscia said. "We have time."

Guerrero gave the Angels a 2-0 lead in the first with his 14th homer.

Orlando Cabrera reached on a fielder's choice before Guerrero ripped a 2-2 pitch over the 19-foot-high wall in left and hitting directly under a fan's handwritten sign that said: "Beware Of The Vlad."

Johnson's wildness got him into trouble in the second. He issued two one-out walks and Adam Kennedy -- the Angels' No. 9 hitter -- made him pay with an RBI single. Figgins followed with a sacrifice fly that made it 4-0.

Johnson has just one win in his last eight starts, and the right-hander was edgy with reporters afterward.

"It's you guys who are putting me under the microscope," he said. "I don't think it has anything to do with me. If that's what you guys want to do, that's fine. I don't care what anybody else thinks."

Notes

  • Anderson's homer was his first in 123 at-bats.
  • Including his last three starts at Triple-A, Weaver had pitched 40 consecutive scoreless innings before giving up Broussard's double.
  • Michaels has a career-high 11-game hitting streak.
  • The Weavers are the 17th set of brothers to be on the same major league pitching staff.
  • Mota, a major disappointment in his first season with Cleveland, has allowed eight homers in 23 2/3 innings.
 
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Vladimir Guerrero rounds the bases after hitting a two-run homer in the first inning.  (AP)
Vladimir Guerrero rounds the bases after hitting a two-run homer in the first inning. (AP)

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Anaheim

V. Guerrero
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Anaheim

J. Weaver
IP 6.1
H 4
ER 2
BB 2
K 8
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, CF3021110
Orlando Cabrera, SS3200214
    Erick Aybar, SS0000000
Vladimir Guerrero, RF4222002
    Tommy Murphy, RF0001000
Garret Anderson, LF4113011
    Robb Quinlan, LF1000002
Kendry Morales, 1B5120000
Juan Rivera, DH5000012
Dallas McPherson, 3B4212111
Mike Napoli, C2200210
Adam Kennedy, 2B4021000
Totals351010106612 
Batting
HR - Vladimir Guerrero (, J. Johnson), Garret Anderson (, Mota), Dallas McPherson (, Mota)
SF - Chone Figgins (), Tommy Murphy ()
RBI - Chone Figgins (), Vladimir Guerrero 2 (), Tommy Murphy (), Garret Anderson 3 (), Dallas McPherson 2 (), Adam Kennedy ()
SB - Chone Figgins 3 (, 2nd base off J. Johnson/Laker, 2nd base off J. Johnson/Laker, 3rd base off J. Johnson/Laker), Kendry Morales (, 2nd base off Mota/Laker), Dallas McPherson (, 2nd base off J. Johnson/Laker), Adam Kennedy (, 2nd base off J. Johnson/Laker)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chone Figgins 1
DP - Figgins-Morales
E - Dallas McPherson (, throwing error)
Los Angeles Angels
Jered Weaver (W,-) 6.1422280
Kevin Gregg 1.2311121
Hector Carrasco 1000010
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 99-61, Kevin Gregg 35-22, Hector Carrasco 17-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 2-8, Kevin Gregg 2-1, Hector Carrasco 2-1
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 24, Kevin Gregg 9, Hector Carrasco 4
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF5000012
Jason Michaels, LF4111011
Jhonny Peralta, SS3000021
   a- Lou Merloni, PH-SS1010000
Travis Hafner, DH2000210
Casey Blake, RF3110010
   b- Todd Hollandsworth, PH-RF1000012
Ben Broussard, 1B4121012
Ronnie Belliard, 2B3011100
Aaron Boone, 3B4000023
Tim Laker, C4010011
Totals3437331112 
a-doubled for Peralta in the 8th
b-struck out for Blake in the 8th
Batting
2B - Lou Merloni (, Gregg), Ben Broussard (, Jer. Weaver)
HR - Jason Michaels (, Gregg)
RBI - Jason Michaels (), Ben Broussard (), Ronnie Belliard ()
Team LOB - 7
Cleveland Indians
Jason Johnson (L,-) 5344441
Guillermo Mota 1.1455122
Jason Davis 1.2311100
Scott Sauerbeck 1000000
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Johnson 95-54, Guillermo Mota 45-25, Jason Davis 32-22, Scott Sauerbeck 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Johnson 7-4, Scott Sauerbeck 2-1
Batters Faced - Jason Johnson 22, Guillermo Mota 9, Jason Davis 9, Scott Sauerbeck 3
Game Information
Attendance - 22957
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Larry Young, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez