Jered Weaver became the major league’s first pitcher to get 5 wins in beating the Texas Rangers 4-1 Wednesday night in Arlington. Weaver (5-0, 1.23 ERA) pitched a complete game six-hitter, giving up just a lone run while adding 8 strike outs to his league-leading total.
With the win, the Angels move atop the AL West for the first time since opening day, and remain one of the hottest teams in baseball by winning 11 of their last 14 games. With the loss, the Rangers have dropped 6 of their last 8 after winning their first 6 to open the season.
Howie Kendrick started the scoring for the Angels in the 4th inning with his sixth home run of the season. Hitting his first home run as an Angel, Vernon Wells continues to heat up after starting the season batting .091 in his first ten games. Wells has now hit in 7 straight games, going 10 for 30. However, just as Wells has started to heat up, Torii Hunter has slipped into a cold spell. Hunter has just 3 hits in his last 36 at-bats (.083)
The Angels start a seven-game home stand when they face the Boston Red Sox in a 4-game series starting Thursday.