Los Angeles (31-40) at San Francisco (36-35)

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  • Game info: 3:35 pm EDT Wed Jun 21, 2006
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Struggling to score runs, the Los Angeles Angels hope for a better offensive performance when they wrap up a three-game series with the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on Wednesday.

The Angels (31-40) dropped their third straight Tuesday, 3-2 to the Giants. Los Angeles has scored six runs during its losing streak and has not scored more than four in any of its last 10 games.

The Angels are tied with Tampa Bay for second-to-last in the AL with 312 runs.

“There’s a lot of pressure on the pitching staff when you’re not able to get runs, especially early runs,” manager Mike Scioscia said.

Vladimir Guerrero struck out three times Wednesday, but singled in the fifth to end an 0-for-16 slide. Kendry Morales singled in the second to snap an 0-for-15 slump, and Mike Napoli homered.

Mark Sweeney had two hits and starter Matt Morris doubled in two runs for the Giants (36-35). Barry Bonds went 0-for-4 and will most likely sit out the series finale, a day game after a night game.

Right fielder Moises Alou missed his third straight game with back spasms, but the Giants improved to 4-4 in interleague play after being swept at Seattle over the weekend.

Morris gave up one run in six innings, one night after rookie Matt Cain took a no-hitter into the eighth in a 2-1 win that ended the Giants’ three-game losing streak.

Noah Lowry (2-5, 4.20 ERA) will look to wrap up the series sweep. He lost his second straight start Friday, allowing a season high-tying five runs and eight hits in just three innings of a 5-4 defeat to the Mariners.

“This was the roughest one I’ve had all year,” said Lowry, who has never faced the Angels. “But it’s a long year.”

Los Angeles will counter with Jeff Weaver (3-9, 6.02), who allowed three runs in six innings and didn’t receive a decision in the Angels’ 5-4 loss to San Diego on Friday. Weaver is 2-7 in his last 10 outings, but has lowered his ERA by more than a run over his last six starts.

There was some speculation that Weaver, who signed a one-year, $8.35 million deal with the Angels in February, might be taken out of the rotation when Bartolo Colon returned from the disabled list Friday. However, the team opted instead to send his brother Jared, who went 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA in four starts, back to Triple-A Salt Lake instead.

“The best way to put it is, we have got six guys throwing the ball well, and we’ve got five spots,” Scioscia said.

Jeff Weaver is 3-5 with a 5.13 ERA in 12 starts against the Giants.

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J. Weaver LAD vs. N. Lowry SF
8-14 Record 7-10
5.76 ERA 4.74
107 K 84
47 BB 56
1.51 WHIP 1.39