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LOS ANGELES -- Jered Weaver went back to work, Kendrys Morales and Mark Trumbo homered back-to-back, and the Los Angeles showed the San Francisco Giants that winning the deciding game of a series at the "Big A" is still as tough as it was in 2002.
Weaver pitched six innings of two-hit ball in his return from the disabled list, and the Angels handed Ryan Vogelsong his first loss in almost seven weeks with a 6-0 victory on Wednesday night. It was the Halos' eighth series win in their last nine tries.
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"I was telling the guys before I went out there it was either going to be really good or really bad. So it was nice to go on the really good side of things," Weaver said. "You never know after taking that much time away. I've never been on the DL in the middle of the season, so I worked very hard to get back -- and the training staff and coaching staff worked well with me to get back out there. It was nice to be able to come out of that one in one piece."
Weaver (7-1) threw 78 pitches in his first start since May 28 at Angel Stadium against the Yankees, when his back went out on him after just 12 pitches. He was working on a limited pitch count, so he knew there was no way manager Mike Scioscia was going to let him see the seventh inning.
"It was kind of weird, but I knew he was going to stick to that pitch count," said Weaver, who threw 121 pitches in his no-hitter against Minnesota on May 2. "Once I got up to that 80-pitch range, I figured he was going to shut it down after that sixth -- especially after our guys got a couple of runs across in the fifth."
The right-hander, who finished runner-up in the AL Cy Young voting last season, struck out three and walked two while lowering his ERA to 2.40.
"My command was good," he said. "My off-speed stuff was struggling there in the beginning, but I got a feel for it later in the game. Just getting into this game was a key factor. Obviously, a simulated game can only get you so far. But once the lights come on, it's a totally different mentality."
San Francisco's only hits off Weaver were two-out singles by Brandon Crawford in the third inning and Brandon Belt in the fifth. The Giants had just two more hits -- both singles -- and were shut out for the third time.
"That was the first time I've faced him, and he's tough," Ryan Theriot said. "When a pitcher can basically just get everybody out with his fastball, that's always a pretty good thing. He was cutting it, sinking it, and adding and subtracting with his velocity. He keeps hitters off-balance with his unorthodox delivery, and it's tough to get a read on him. He's definitely one of those guys I would need to see quite a bit to feel confident in the box."
Alberto Callaspo homered against Vogelsong and former Angels prospect Shane Loux surrendered Morales' eighth homer and Trumbo's 17th, as the Halos took the rubber game of the interleague series -- the first visit by the Giants to Anaheim since losing Game 7 of the 2002 World Series.
Vogelsong (6-3) gave up three runs and seven hits over seven innings, walked none and struck out six in his first regular-season start against the Angels. The right-hander, who came in with the lowest run support of any Giants starter at 3.70 per game, was 6-0 with a 1.76 ERA in his previous eight outings since May 3, when he lost a 3-2 decision to Miami's Anibal Sanchez at San Francisco.
"I felt like I threw the ball pretty good, but obviously not good enough," Vogelsong said. "If people are going to start taking me seriously, these are the games I need to win -- against guys like Weaver and other teams' No.1 pitchers. So it's disappointing not to be able to beat him."
Callaspo opened the scoring in the second inning with a drive into the lower seats in the right field corner for his fourth home run, and the Angels increased the margin to 3-0 in the fifth.
Howie Kendrick, who had only two extra-base hits in his previous 35 games and 123 at-bats, hit the first of his two doubles with one out in the fifth and scored on Erick Aybar's single. Aybar continued to second on the throw home from left fielder Melky Cabrera, and rookie Mike Trout came through with an RBI single after a walk to No. 9 hitter Bobby Wilson.
|Jered Weaver handles his first start back from the DL well, giving up just two hits in six innings of work. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Gregor Blanco, DH||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.254|
|a- Justin Christian, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Theriot, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.275|
|Melky Cabrera, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.363|
|Buster Posey, C||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.293|
|Angel Pagan, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.300|
|Pablo Sandoval, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.304|
|Brandon Belt, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.262|
|Nate Schierholtz, RF||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.256|
|Brandon Crawford, SS||2||0||1||0||0||0||2||.234|
|b- Joaquin Arias, PH-SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.253|
|a-grounded out for Blanco in the 8th|
|b-grounded out for Crawford in the 8th|
|CS - Ryan Theriot (3, 2nd base by Jer. Weaver/Wilson)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Ryan Vogelsong (L,6-3)||7||7||3||3||0||6||1||2.41|
|HBP - Wilson (by Ryan Vogelsong), Hunter (by Ryan Vogelsong)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Vogelsong 109-73, Shane Loux 19-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Vogelsong 8-7, Shane Loux 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Ryan Vogelsong 30, Shane Loux 7|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Mike Trout, CF-LF||5||0||2||1||0||1||2||.338|
|Torii Hunter, RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.270|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.255|
|Kendrys Morales, DH||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||.269|
|Mark Trumbo, LF||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||.324|
|Peter Bourjos, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.216|
|Alberto Callaspo, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.246|
|Howard Kendrick, 2B||4||2||2||0||0||1||1||.269|
|Erick Aybar, SS||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.245|
|Bobby Wilson, C||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.175|
|2B - Alberto Callaspo (5, Vogelsong), Howard Kendrick 2 (11, Vogelsong, Loux), Bobby Wilson (1, Loux)|
|HR - Kendrys Morales (8, Loux), Mark Trumbo (17, Loux), Alberto Callaspo (4, Vogelsong)|
|SH - Bobby Wilson (5)|
|RBI - Mike Trout (28), Kendrys Morales (24), Mark Trumbo (48), Alberto Callaspo (18), Erick Aybar (16), Bobby Wilson (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alberto Callaspo (6), Bobby Wilson (2)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Jered Weaver (W,7-1)||6||2||0||0||2||3||0||2.40|
|Jason Isringhausen (H,2)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||1.80|
|Scott Downs (H,12)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.39|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 78-48, Jason Isringhausen 22-15, Scott Downs 9-6, Jordan Walden 19-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 6-8, Scott Downs 3-0, Jordan Walden 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 21, Jason Isringhausen 4, Scott Downs 3, Jordan Walden 4|
|Attendance - 40321|
|Game Time - 2:39|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Scott Barry|