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Angels' Weaver overpowers Indians in victory

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CLEVELAND -- Jered Weaver was nearly perfect after weeks of little going his way.

The Los Angeles Angels' ace allowed one baserunner over seven innings to earn his first win in more than a month, beating the Cleveland Indians 7-0 on Wednesday night.

Staked to a 7-0 lead, Weaver (12-11) retired 21 of the 22 batters he faced to snap the longest losing streak of his career at four games. Shin-Soo Choo's two-out single in the fourth was the only blemish.

"It was great to see Jered get some run support," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He has pitched with his back against the wall for the lion's share of the season."

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Weaver got more runs than he had in any of his 15 starts since a 12-0 interleague win over the Chicago Cubs on June 19.

"With seven runs, I felt pretty comfortable," Weaver said. "I was able to throw my fastball for strikes, but one ran back over the plate and Choo hit it. He's hit me pretty good."

The sharp single past second baseman Howie Kendrick made Choo 10 for 21 (.476) in his career against Weaver.

Cleveland was shut out for the 15th time, most in the AL.

"Weaver overmatched us," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "We weren't even able to get the ball out of the infield against him. He was really good."

The right-hander struck out seven to take over the AL lead with 218, four more than Seattle's Felix Hernandez.

"I don't know if he was as crisp as we've seen him, but he was pretty good," Scioscia said.

The Angels got three singles and three walks off Jeanmar Gomez (3-4) to take a 4-0 lead in the first. Juan Rivera had an RBI single, Kendrick walked with the bases loaded and rookie catcher Hank Conger got his first career hit, a two-run single.

"I never threw to him before, maybe warming up, but not even in a spring training game," Weaver said of Conger, the Angels' top draft pick in 2006 who made his first career start.

"He did a great job, I hardly shook off any of his calls," Weaver continued. "I gave him the game ball."

Conger also got the ball from his first hit. In fact, teammates gave him two of them.

"They gave me a ball and I said, 'Oh, wow, they misspelled my name,"' Conger said. "They all started laughing. It was a fake. I'll give the real one to my dad."

A second-inning throwing error by Indians third baseman Jayson Nix helped Los Angeles go ahead 7-0. Torii Hunter had an RBI single and scored on Hideki Matsui's triple off the wall in center. Rivera singled home Matsui.

Weaver struck out the side in the fifth, throwing 14 of 19 pitches for strikes. It was the type of performance Scioscia expected. Before the game, he expressed confidence in Weaver even though the right-hander had gone 0-4 in six starts since defeating Detroit 4-2 on Aug. 6.

"I think right now he's throwing the ball better than any time we've seen him," Scioscia said. "He's really putting pitches together better than he ever has. He's executing them better."

Weaver has pitched at least five innings in 22 consecutive starts and worked 204 innings overall, seven shy of his career high set a year ago.

Michael Brantley's one-out single in the ninth off Angels reliever Matt Palmer extended his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games, longest by a Cleveland rookie since Cory Snyder hit in 17 straight in 1986. Asdrubal Cabrera then hit into a game-ending double play.

Gomez gave up six earned runs and seven hits over three innings to drop to 0-4 in his five starts. The rookie right-hander had not pitched since Sept. 5, being skipped over in the rotation last week to limit his innings workload. He had pitched 116 innings in the minors and has worked 47 innings for Cleveland.

The last 21 Angels failed to reach base. Gomez retired the final three men he faced, then three Cleveland relievers combined to pitch six perfect innings. Justin Germano struck out four over three innings, Frank Herrmann retired all six men he faced and Jensen Lewis struck out one in the ninth.

Notes

  • Acta said RHP Justin Masterson will start Saturday in Kansas City. Masterson had been moved to the bullpen a week ago to cut down his workload, but will replace RHP Mitch Talbot, who left his start Sunday after 14 pitches with shoulder inflammation. Acta said Talbot will be skipped in the rotation, but will likely return for a start the following week.
  • Conger, the Angels' No. 1 draft pick in 2006, struck out in his first career at-bat Saturday.
  • Matsui has hit .419 (31 for 77) with 19 RBIs since Aug. 14.
  • The Indians' Triple-A farm team at Columbus beat Durham 4-0 and lead the best-of-five series for the International League championship 2-0.
 
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The Angels' ace, Jered Weaver, allows one baserunner over seven innings to earn his first win in more than a month.  (AP)
The Angels' ace, Jered Weaver, allows one baserunner over seven innings to earn his first win in more than a month. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

J. Rivera
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Anaheim

J. Weaver
IP 7.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 0
K 7
 

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Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alberto Callaspo, 3B4100001 .274
    Brandon Wood, 3B1000010 .159
Bobby Abreu, LF4110011 .249
    Mark Trumbo, 1B0000000 .000
Torii Hunter, RF4111001 .291
    Reggie Willits, LF0000000 .277
Hideki Matsui, DH3211110 .271
Juan Rivera, 1B-RF4122000 .250
Erick Aybar, SS3100111 .254
Howard Kendrick, 2B3011110 .273
Hank Conger, C4012011 .200
Peter Bourjos, CF4000003 .198
Totals3477736  
Batting
3B - Hideki Matsui (1, Gomez)
RBI - Torii Hunter (80), Hideki Matsui (77), Juan Rivera 2 (47), Howard Kendrick (68), Hank Conger 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Rivera (16), Howard Kendrick (22), Hank Conger 2 (2)
SB - Bobby Abreu (20, 2nd base off Gomez/Marson)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Aybar-Kendrick-Trumbo
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jered Weaver (W,12-11) 7100070 2.96
Matt Palmer 2100100 5.14
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 100-65, Matt Palmer 28-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 6-8, Matt Palmer 3-2
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 22, Matt Palmer 7
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Brantley, CF4010000 .241
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4000001 .265
Shin-Soo Choo, RF3010010 .286
    Trevor Crowe, RF0000000 .247
Travis Hafner, DH3000001 .270
Shelley Duncan, LF3000010 .236
Jayson Nix, 3B3000010 .237
Matt LaPorta, 1B3000020 .220
Drew Sutton, 2B3000010 .333
Lou Marson, C2000110 .196
Totals2802017  
Fielding
DP - Sutton-A. Cabrera-LaPorta
E - Jayson Nix (15, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeanmar Gomez (L,3-4) 3776310 4.02
Justin Germano 3000040 1.35
Frank Herrmann 2000000 3.76
Jensen Lewis 1000010 3.68
Pitches-Strikes - Jeanmar Gomez 58-32, Justin Germano 32-20, Frank Herrmann 26-16, Jensen Lewis 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeanmar Gomez 6-2, Justin Germano 2-3, Frank Herrmann 4-2
Batters Faced - Jeanmar Gomez 19, Justin Germano 9, Frank Herrmann 6, Jensen Lewis 3
Game Information
Attendance - 10183
Game Time - 2:14
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Scott Barry