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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The only time Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver looked rattled was late in Thursday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays when the home crowd reacted to a hockey score on the video board.
Otherwise, the lanky right-hander had total focus on the job at hand.
Weaver allowed three hits in his first career complete game, and the Angels cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Blue Jays.
"We had [Lyle] Overbay in there getting ready to lock it in and the crowd goes crazy," Weaver said. "I had to step off a little bit."
The distraction hardly registered. The Blue Jays entered with a major league-leading .297 batting average only to get tied up by Weaver, who retired 18 of the last 19 batters and finished with 103 pitches. Weaver's only mistake was a home run to Aaron Hill in the fourth.
"The Blue Jays had been swinging the bats exceptionally and for him to come in there and hold them to a run and go the distance, it was pretty impressive," Angels catcher Jeff Mathis said.
Toronto lost for just the second time in seven games, while Los Angeles won for the fourth time in five.
The victory for Weaver (3-1) came one day after the Blue Jays embarrassed the Angels in a 13-1 victory, getting 15 hits.
The only thing is that Weaver isn't doing anything different.
"You just go out and take every game the same," Weaver said. "Just locate pitches. Don't try to outdo yourself and try to do too much. Just try to hit spots and for the most part I was able to do that tonight."
Batting in the designated hitter spot for only the third time this season, catcher Mike Napoli gave the Angels a 2-0 lead in the second with his fifth homer.
The Blue Jays and starter Robert Ray were hurt by some shaky defense in the third inning. The Angels' Chone Figgins reached on a bunt single, stole second and went to third when the throw from catcher Rod Barajas went into center field. Figgins scored on a sacrifice fly from Maicer Izturis.
Ray (0-1) settled down, though, retiring 11 of 12 batters starting with Izturis' sacrifice fly.
Hill narrowed the Blue Jays' deficit to 3-1 in the fourth with a home run to left. It was not only Hill's team-leading eighth home run, it was also his major league-leading 50th hit.
"[Weaver] is always deceptive," Hill said. "When you live on the outside corner like that, sometimes it's hard to pick up the ball. Gosh, when you throw [that many] pitches in nine innings, you're going to be successful. Every now and then you have to tip your cap. He did a great job."
Weaver rebounded from Hill's home run to retire 11 consecutive batters, a run that was halted by Adam Lind's bloop single to center in the seventh inning.
The Angels padded their lead when Kendry Morales hit his fifth homer with two outs in the sixth to give Los Angeles a 4-1 advantage.
Napoli followed Morales' home run with a shot down the line that Blue Jays third baseman Scott Rolen failed to handle. It was ruled a double. Juan Rivera followed with an RBI single to center under the glove of Hill at second base.
In the seventh inning, Barajas made his second error and again it came on stolen base by Figgins. Barajas' low throw bounced into center field allowing Figgins to take third, and Izturis followed with a run-scoring, broken-bat single to right.
|Mike Napoli gives Jered Weaver some love following Weaver's complete-game victory. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Marco Scutaro, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.261|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||.362|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.256|
|Vernon Wells, CF||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.277|
|Adam Lind, DH||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.336|
|Scott Rolen, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.308|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.241|
|Rod Barajas, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.322|
|Travis Snider, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.238|
|2B - Vernon Wells (9, Jer. Weaver)|
|HR - Aaron Hill (8, Jer. Weaver)|
|RBI - Aaron Hill (28)|
|Team LOB - 2|
|E - Rod Barajas 2 (4, Throwing)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Robert Ray (L,0-1)||6.1||10||6||5||0||4||2||6.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Robert Ray 95-64, Bill Murphy 14-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Robert Ray 7-8, Bill Murphy 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Robert Ray 29, Bill Murphy 5|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Chone Figgins, 3B||4||2||3||0||0||0||0||.280|
|Maicer Izturis, SS||3||0||2||2||0||0||1||.277|
|Bobby Abreu, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.330|
|Torii Hunter, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.313|
|Kendry Morales, 1B||4||2||2||1||0||1||0||.276|
|Mike Napoli, DH||4||2||2||2||0||0||0||.328|
|Juan Rivera, LF||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.280|
|Howie Kendrick, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.245|
|Jeff Mathis, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.237|
|2B - Chone Figgins (4, Ray), Mike Napoli (6, Ray)|
|HR - Kendry Morales (5, Ray), Mike Napoli (5, Ray)|
|SF - Maicer Izturis (1)|
|RBI - Maicer Izturis 2 (10), Kendry Morales (17), Mike Napoli 2 (13), Juan Rivera (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Kendry Morales (9), Juan Rivera (5)|
|SB - Chone Figgins 2 (12, 3rd base off Ray/Barajas, 3rd base off Ray/Barajas), Bobby Abreu (12, 2nd base off Ray/Barajas)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Jered Weaver (W,3-1)||9||3||1||1||0||8||1||2.66|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 103-73|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 7-12|
|Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 30|
|Attendance - 41007|
|Game Time - 2:06|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Casey Moser, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Bill Hohn|