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Angels Gaining Ground On Rangers As Weaver Beats White Sox 8-0

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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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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