CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 26: Starting pitcher Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 26, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Jered Weaver Gets 8th Straight Win As Angels Down Indians 2-1

Jordan Walden gets out of a bases load jam in the ninth to preserve Weaver's 14th win of the season.

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Jered Weaver Gets 8th Straight Win As Angels Down Indians

Down by a run, the Cleveland Indians loaded the bases with none out in the bottom of the ninth, but a groundball by Matt LaPorta to a drawn-in Howie Kendrick at second turned a dire situation into a two-out nail biter. Rookie closer Jordan Walden struck out Jason Kinis to earn his 24th save and preserve Jered Weaver’s 14th and eighth straight win.

The only Angels run came in the seventh when rookie first baseman Mark Trumbo doubled to deep right-center driving in Bobby Abreu and Howie Kendrick. Trumbo’s double was the only extra-base hit by the Halo hitters who managed just four hits off of Indians’ starter Josh Tomlin. The two RBI from Trumbo gives him 48 on the season, one behind team leader Torii Hunter.

Jered Weaver (14-4) improves on his major league leading ERA by allowing one run, a Matt LaPorta home run in the bottom of the seventh, dropping from 1.81 to 1.79. Weaver went 7 innings, allowing five hits, while striking out 5 and walking two.

Tuesday’s win is Weaver’s eighth straight in a span of 10 starts. In those 10 starts dating back to June 3rd, Weaver has compiled a 1.43 ERA in 75.1 innings, striking out 57 and walking 17. The win also gives the Angels 5 wins over their last 7 games, while getting their 11th series win out of their last twelve.


Jered Weaver Continues To Keep Angels From Lengthy Losing Streaks

Major league ERA leader Jered Weaver will be going for his eighth straight win Tuesday night in Cleveland.  When a pitcher has this type of success, teams are able to avoid any extended losing streaks, and this is the case for the Angels.  During Weaver's steak, the Angels have gone 26-19, but have lost more than 2 games in-a-row just twice over that time-frame.

Weaver (13-4, 1.81 ERA) will look to duplicate his recent success.  The right-hander was one of three Angel pitchers to shutout the Texas Rangers last Thursday.  In that game, Weaver went 7 innings, giving up seven hits while striking out six.  Over his last four starts, Weaver has compiled a 1.17 ERA in 30.2 innings, while holding opposing hitters to a .218 batting average.

Taking the hill for the Indians will be Josh Tomlin (11-4, 4.12 ERA).  The right-hander has won his last four decisions, but has benefitted from good run support.  During the 7-game span, Tomlin has allowed 20 runs in 44 innings (4.09 ERA), while his team mates have 34 runs in support of Tomlin.

The Angels continue to chase the AL West division leading Texas Rangers.  Although the Angels have been playing solid baseball, the Rangers have increased their division lead by 2.5 games since the All-Star break.

Who's Hot - Last 7 Days:
Alberto Callaspo - 10 for his last 26 (.385), 3 2B
Erick Aybar - 7 for his last 23 (.304), 3 2B
Howie Kendrick - 8 for his last 19 (.421)

Lonnie Chisenhall - 5 for his last 14 (.357), 1 2B, 1 HR

Who's Cold - Last 14 Days:
Bobby Abreu - 3 for his last 23 (.130)
Torii Hunter - 4 for his last 24 (.167), 2 HR, 9 K
Jeff Mathis - 1 for his last 12 (.083)

Carlos Santana - 1 for his last 15 (.067)
Matt LaPorta - 2 for his last 15 (.133)
Orlando Cabrera - 2 for his last 13 (.154)

Game time is 4:05 (PDT) and will be show on Fox Sports West.  For more Angels' news, be sure to check out Halos Heaven.

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