Oakland (68-71) at Los Angeles (81-56)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Tue Sep 4, 2007
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The last time Jered Weaver took the mound, he helped the Los Angeles Angels complete a crucial sweep of division rival Seattle. Now he’ll try to lead the Angels to a series win against another AL West foe when they continue a three-game set with the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.

Weaver (10-6, 3.79 ERA) held the Mariners to two runs—one earned—and seven hits over a career-high eight innings in that 8-2 win on Wednesday. He didn’t issue a walk and struck out five, throwing 70 of his 100 pitches for strikes.

That three-game sweep helped the Angels (81-56) distance themselves from second-place Seattle and they now hold a 6 1/2-game advantage. Los Angeles is 14 games ahead of the third-place Athletics (68-71).

Weaver has won four of his last five decisions and has given up just one earned run in his last 14 innings during back-to-back victories. The right-hander is trying to match his win total from last season when he went 11-2 with a 2.56 ERA during an impressive rookie year.

He is 1-1 with a 3.05 ERA in three career starts versus the A’s, including a 4-1 defeat on April 17 when he gave up four runs—three earned—over six innings.

The Angels are 8-3 in his 11 home starts this season, with Weaver going 5-2 with a 3.48 ERA in those contests.

Los Angeles improved its major league-best home record to 46-22 with a 9-5 win over the A’s on Monday. Ervin Santana pitched two-hit ball over 6 1-3 scoreless innings for his first win since June 9.

“Obviously, we’ve getting to a point in the season where we need production and we need guys who go out there and give us a chance to win,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Gary Matthews Jr., Jeff Mathis and Garret Anderson all homered for the Angels, who won despite allowing five runs over the final two innings. Los Angeles improved to 6-8 against Oakland.

Oakland’s Mike Piazza went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBIs. He is batting .559 (19-for-34) with four homers and 10 RBIs at Angel Stadium this season.

Despite that effort, the A’s dropped their fourth straight road contest, getting outscored 42-14 while posting a 10.97 ERA during that stretch. They are now trying to avoid matching their season-high five-game road losing streak set June 22-26.

Oakland will hand the ball to Lenny DiNardo (8-7, 3.57). The left-hander went 5-0 over seven starts from July 18-Aug. 19, before a dismal 12-2 defeat to Tampa Bay on Aug. 24 when he lasted just two-plus innings and allowed six runs.

DiNardo pitched better Wednesday, holding Toronto to two runs and four hits over five innings in a 5-4, 11-inning win. He walked four and struck out two.

“We got the ‘W,’ and as far as I threw, it wasn’t my best start,” DiNardo told the Athletics’ official Web site. “I kept the ball down, and as long as I can do that, I can deal with the walks.”

DiNardo is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in two starts versus the Angels this season— both Oakland victories.

Los Angeles’ Vladimir Guerrero is 4-for-6 with a homer and three doubles lifetime versus DiNardo. Guerrero is hitting .415 (17-for-41) with six homers and 13 RBIs against Oakland this year.

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Starting Pitchers

L. DiNardo Oak vs. J. Weaver LAA
8-10 Record 13-7
4.11 ERA 3.91
59 K 115
50 BB 45
1.42 WHIP 1.39

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