Weaver Pitches Angels To 4-3 Win Over Dodgers
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ANAHEIM (AP) —Jered Weaver pitched six strong innings in his first start in nearly eight weeks, Mark Trumbo hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the fifth inning and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Dodgers 4-3 on Wednesday night in the Freeway Series.
The Angels tied a season high with their fifth straight victory at home while snapping a two-game skid.
Weaver (1-1) allowed one run and five hits, struck out seven and walked none in his first home start of the season and 100th of his career at Angel Stadium.
The right-hander came off the disabled list, where he’d been since April 9 with a broken left elbow that occurred when he was trying to get out of the way of a line drive at Texas.
Weaver was perfect through four innings before Andre Ethier doubled to deep center field leading off the fifth for the Dodgers’ first hit.
After Matt Kemp and Scott Van Slyke struck out, Skip Schumaker singled with two outs — the first of three in a row off Weaver that loaded the bases — and Ethier scored to tie the game 1-1. Carl Crawford grounded out to first to end the inning.
Ernesto Frieri pitched the ninth to earn his 11th save in 12 chances. He gave up a leadoff homer to Adrian Gonzalez on a 3-2 pitch and a two-out homer to Van Slyke that cut the Angels’ lead to 4-3.
Chris Capuano (1-4) gave up three runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings, struck out two and walked four.
Trumbo’s team-leading 12th homer scored Albert Pujols, who walked with two outs. Trumbo drove in his third run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh, extending the Angels’ lead to 4-1.
They led 1-0 on Erick Aybar’s RBI double with two outs in the second.
Angels slugger Josh Hamilton went 0 for 3 with a walk after being scratched Tuesday because of back spasms.
Dodgers All-Star Matt Kemp was hitless in three at-bats with two strikeouts.
The Dodgers won the first two games of the Freeway Series in Los Angeles. The finale is Thursday in Anaheim.
NOTES: RHP Hyun-Jin Ryu’s two-hit shutout on Tuesday was the first by a Dodgers rookie since Hiroki Kuroda’s one-hitter on July 7, 2008, against Atlanta. … Dodgers INF-OF Jerry Hairston Jr. turned 37 on Wednesday. … The Angels had a moment of silence for Lewis Yocum. The team’s orthopedist of 36 years died of liver cancer last weekend.
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