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.
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.