ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Now, it's Lackey 1, Weaver 1.
John Lackey and Jered Weaver became good friends after Weaver began his major league career with the Los Angeles Angels in 2006, when Lackey, already an established major league pitcher, took Weaver under his wing.
Lackey left the Angels and signed with the Boston Red Sox after the 2009 season, then beat Weaver in a head-to-head matchup in 2010. Weaver got even Sunday night at Angel Stadium, outpitching Lackey and leading the Angels to a 3-0 win.
Los Angeles earned two victories in the three-game series against the Red Sox, who are just getting started on a 10-game West Coast road trip.
Weaver threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out six.
"It's awesome," Weaver said of pitching against Lackey. "He did a lot of great things here for the Angels, he did a lot of great things for me, just learning from him. He taught me the ropes, the competitiveness, he always wanted to take the ball. I owe him a lot for where I am today. It was fun to face him. He got me the first time we matched up, and it was nice to even it up."
Lackey, the winning pitcher of Game 7 in the Angels' 2002 World Series championship, pitched well in defeat. He went seven innings, struck out nine and gave up just five hits. Trouble was, two of those hits left the ballpark and were the difference in the game.
Mike Trout homered in the first inning, going the other way and hitting the ball over the fence in right-center field for a 1-0 lead. Hank Conger homered with two outs in the fifth inning for the Angels' other run off Lackey.
"He was outstanding once again," Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Lackey. "Two solo home runs through seven innings, I thought he was powerful, held his stuff throughout his seven innings of work and (threw) a lot of strikes."
The Angels scored their third run in the eighth when Erick Aybar tripled and scored on Mark Trumbo's sacrifice fly off reliever Junichi Tazawa.
The Red Sox had runners on first and third with nobody out in the first inning, but Dustin Pedroia lined out, and Weaver then struck out both David Ortiz and Mike Napoli. After escaping the first-inning jam, Weaver settled in. He didn't allow a hit between Ryan Lavarnway's one-out, infield single in the second inning and Napoli's leadoff single in the seventh.
When Brock Holt singled with two outs in the seventh, moving Napoli to second base, Weaver had made a season-high 114 pitches. He was replaced by Dane De La Rosa, who quickly ended the threat by retiring Jose Iglesias on a fly to right.
"You give credit to a guy who changed speeds effectively," Farrell said of Weaver. "These are tough conditions to hit in, with a 5 o'clock start, but they're hitting in the same conditions. We've had an outstanding offensive approach. We've created a number of opportunities in this season. Tonight, only a couple."
Scott Downs pitched a scoreless eighth, and Ernesto Frieri closed it out in the ninth for his 22nd save.
NOTES: Red Sox LHP Andrew Miller was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Miller hurt his left foot when running to back up home plate after giving up a single in Saturday's game. Initial X-rays on the foot were negative, but Miller will return to Boston for further evaluation. RHP Alfredo Aceves was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to replace Miller on the roster, and he got the last two outs in the eighth inning Sunday. ... Red Sox RF Shane Victorino did not play because of a sore left hamstring. Victorino left Saturday's game in the ninth inning after complaining that his hamstring tightened up. He is day-to-day. ... Red Sox CF Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a first-inning double. ... Trumbo was not in the starting lineup for the second time this season, though he entered for defense and wound up with an RBI. UT Brad Hawpe made his fifth start of the season (third at first base) in Trumbo's place. Hawpe went 0-for-3, making him 1-for-17 as a starter this year.