Jered Weaver's Complete Game 6-Hitter Sinks Mariners 5-1

The Angels take on the Seattle Mariners in the final series before baseball's all-star break.

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Weaver's Complete Game Sinks Mariners 5-1

There’s not much more Angels’ starting pitcher Jered Weaver could do to improve his chances of being the starting pitcher for the 2011 American league all-stars, but Thursday’s game may have sealed the deal. Weaver (11-4) tossed his 4th complete game of the season, beating the Seattle Mariners 5-1. The Angel ace allowed one run while scattering 6 hits, striking out 6 and walking one. The win extends Weaver’s streak to 5 wins without a loss, covering his last 9 starts. Weaver has also allowed just one run or less in his last 5 starts.

Howie Kendrick extended his hitting streak to 16 with a RBI double in the Angels 3-run third. The double was Kendrick’s team leading 20th of the season. Peter Boourjos added a RBI double in the 8th, but appeared to have suffered an injury to his left leg after making an awkward return to second. Bourjos did not remain in the game, and it is unknown if he will miss any time.

Mariner’s starter Doug Fister (3-10) was once again offered no support from the Seattle offense. Although it’s hard to blame the hitter’s for not scoring more than a run of of Weaver, it’s the fourth straight game the Mariners have scored 2 or less runs in a Fister start.

The win keeps the Angels a game behind the AL West division leading Rangers, who won in Oakland Thursday 6-0. During their current home stand, the Halos are 8-2 with 3 games remaining. They have also won 17 of their last 23 since losing 6 straight in early June.

Weaver lowers his league leading ERA to 1.86, the only starting pitcher in the league with a sub-2.00 ERA. His 11 wins ties him with Detroit’s Justin Verlander for second behind the Yankees C.C. Sabathia.

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Jered Weaver, Angels Open 4-Game Series Against Seattle Thursday Night

The division rival Seattle Mariners come to Anaheim to play the Angels for four games starting Thursday night, in the final games prior to baseball's all-star break.  Both teams are coming off losses on Wednesday, Seattle lost 2-0 to the Oakland A's, while the Halos got beat by the Detroit Tigers 5-3.   Seattle (43-44) had won its previous three games, but are last in the AL in batting average, while the Angels (46-42) have been one of the hottest teams in baseball over the past two weeks, winning their past 7 series.

Taking the hill for the Angels will be the potential all-game starter Jered Weaver (10-4, 1.92 ERA).  Since May 23rd, the cross-firing right-hander is 4-0 with a 1.31 ERA in 61.2 innings.  In those 8 starts, Weaver has allowed just 38 hits and only one home run, while striking out 49 and walking 15.  In his last outing Saturday against the Dodgers, Weaver got the win after pitching 8 innings of 4-hit, one-run baseball.

Dou Fister (3-9, 3.02 ERA) has pitched almost as well as Weaver, yet has little to show for it.  The right-hander is winless in his last six starts despite compiling a 2.68 ERA.

The Angels have lost 3 of 5 against the Mariners, but won 2 of 3 in Seattle in June.  In the second game of that series Weaver shutout the Seattle club, while Fister took the loss.   That series was also the first of seven in the Angels current series win streak.

Who's Hot - Last 7 Games:
Howie Kendrick - 7 for his last 21 (.333)

Dustin Ackley - 4 for his last 13 (.308),1 HR

Who's Cold - Last 7 Games:
Alberto Callaspo - 3 for his last 16 (.188)
Vernon Wells - 5 for his last 23 (.217)
Maicer Izturis - 2 for his last 19 (.105)

Josh Bard - 2 for his last 16 (.125)
Franklin Gutierrez -1 for his last 17 (.059)

Game time is 7:05 (PDT) and will be show in Fox Sports West.  For more Angels' news, be sure to check out Halos Heaven.

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