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Anderson, Guerrero go yard, Angels bounce back to beat Rays

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jered Weaver cooled off one of the hottest teams in baseball.

Weaver gave up just four hits in eight innings and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 on Tuesday.

Garret Anderson and Vladimir Guerrero each hit two-run home runs as the Angels picked up their first win against Tampa Bay this season.

The Rays swept three home games against the Angels in May and pounded out 18 hits in a 13-4 win in the series opener in Anaheim on Monday. That victory gave Tampa Bay a 30-15 record since April 22, the best in the majors.

But the Angels quickly generated four runs against Tampa Bay starter James Shields in the first inning Tuesday and that was more than enough for Weaver to work with.

Weaver (6-6), who has won four of his past five starts after struggling early in the season, held the Rays to three hits over the first seven innings before giving up a solo homer to Gabe Gross in the eighth.

"Obviously it's been a little roller coaster for me, a little different than in past years," Weaver said. "That's just guys trying to make adjustments on me and me trying to make adjustments on them."

Shields (4-5) was making his first start since being ejected in a June 5 game at Boston when he hit Boston outfielder Coco Crisp with a pitch to open the second inning, leading to a bench clearing brawl.

Shields was assessed a six-game suspension for his role in the brawl. The native of nearby Newhall, Calif., planned to begin serving the suspension after Tuesday's start.

"His grandmother is going to be here, she's never seen him pitch in front of such a big crowd, it's a big moment for him," Rays manager Joe Maddon said before the game.

Shields tossed a one-hit shutout against the Angels in St. Petersburg on May 9, but he quickly ran into trouble Tuesday as Los Angeles collected six hits and four runs in the first inning.

"I thought I threw some pretty good pitches in the first inning, they just didn't go my way," Shields said. "I made good pitches, they hit good pitches. It could easily have been the other way."

After Maicer Izturis singled to extend a 10-game hitting streak, Anderson gave the Angels a quick 2-0 lead with his sixth home run of the season.

Guerrero singled and scored on a double by Howie Kendrick before Jeff Mathis reached on an infield single that allowed Casey Kotchman to add the fourth Angels run, matching the team's season high for production in the first inning.

"Early in the game (Shields) was trying to get his feet on the ground and he missed some spots," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We took advantage of it."

Izturis also singled in the fifth before Guerrero hit his ninth home run of the season.

Guerrero went 4-for-4 against the Rays on Monday and is now 6-for-7 in the series.

Tampa Bay rookie Evan Longoria had a pair of doubles against Weaver after going 3-for-4 with two home runs in the series opener Monday.

Notes

  • After going 4-for-4 in Monday's series opener, Angels outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. was out of the lineup Tuesday as a result of symptoms resembling food poisoning.
  • Angels infielder Erick Aybar, recovering from a sprained finger in his left hand, has been cleared to swing a bat.
  • The Angels also scored four runs in the first inning in a 6-5 victory against Baltimore on May 4.
 
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Jered Weaver holds the Rays to just three hits in the first seven innings and is back to .500. (AP)
Jered Weaver holds the Rays to just three hits in the first seven innings and is back to .500. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

J. Weaver
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 5
Tampa Bay

G. Gross
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Tampa Bay Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 2B4000020 .270
Carl Crawford, LF4000010 .265
B.J. Upton, CF3010110 .300
Eric Hinske, DH3000001 .249
Evan Longoria, 3B3020000 .262
Willy Aybar, 1B2000101 .294
Dioner Navarro, C3000012 .342
Gabe Gross, RF3111011 .233
Jason Bartlett, SS3000010 .240
Totals2814127  
Batting
2B - Evan Longoria 2 (14, Jer. Weaver, Jer. Weaver)
HR - Gabe Gross (5, Jer. Weaver)
RBI - Gabe Gross (15)
2-OUT RBI - Gabe Gross (7)
CS - B.J. Upton (8, 2nd base by Jer. Weaver/Mathis)
Team LOB - 2
Tampa Bay Rays
James Shields (L,4-5) 81066092 3.91
WP - James Shields (3)
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 108-76
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 10-4
Batters Faced - James Shields 33
Los Angeles Angels
Reggie Willits, RF4000030 .188
Maicer Izturis, SS4220000 .260
Garret Anderson, LF4112001 .259
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4222000 .268
Torii Hunter, CF4010020 .268
Casey Kotchman, 1B4110001 .306
Howie Kendrick, 2B3021011 .333
Jeff Mathis, C3011010 .208
Brandon Wood, 3B3000023 .125
Totals33610609  
Batting
2B - Howie Kendrick (8, Shields)
HR - Garret Anderson (6, Shields), Vladimir Guerrero (9, Shields)
RBI - Garret Anderson 2 (30), Vladimir Guerrero 2 (34), Howie Kendrick (10), Jeff Mathis (13)
2-OUT RBI - Vladimir Guerrero 2 (14), Howie Kendrick (3), Jeff Mathis (2)
CS - Howie Kendrick (3, 2nd base by Shields/Navarro)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Kendrick-Izturis-Kotchman, Kendrick-Izturis-Kotchman
Los Angeles Angels
Jered Weaver (W,6-6) 8411251 4.45
Scot Shields 1000020 2.96
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 110-70, Scot Shields 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 12-4, Scot Shields 1-0
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 27, Scot Shields 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37610
Game Time - 2:01
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Eric Cooper