ANAHEIM, Calif. (CBS/AP) — Jered Weaver pitched seven innings of four-hit ball in his first start since signing an $85 million contract extension, and Erick Aybar drove in three runs in the Los Angeles Angels’ sixth straight victory, 8-0 over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.
Torii Hunter homered for the Angels, and Jeff Mathis had a two-run double during a three-run second inning in a dominant finale to their nine-game homestand. Los Angeles’ second straight series sweep and Texas’ 13-2 loss to Boston trimmed the Angels’ deficit in the AL West to just 2 1/2 games before they head into a weekend series at Rangers Ballpark on Friday.
Zach Stewart (1-3) allowed seven hits and seven runs while pitching into the seventh inning for Chicago, which missed a chance to move into second place in the AL Central for the second straight day.
The Angels will begin a pivotal three-game series with the Rangers on Friday and Weaver could pitch on short rest for Sunday’s game after Scoscia limited his pitch count under 100.
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