Weaver, Angels arms shut down Rockies

Cowgill leads strong defensive showing, drives in run

Weaver, Angels arms shut down Rockies

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Seven pitchers held the Rockies to four hits and no runs in nine innings at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Friday, leading the Angels to a 3-0 victory that gave them back-to-back wins to start their Cactus League schedule.

Grant Green made a sprawling play to his right at second base, Collin Cowgill made a perfect throw home to complete a double play and Drew Butera threw out another runner trying to steal to highlight a strong defensive showing by the Angels.

WHEN IT WAS DECIDED

Angels shortstop Erick Aybar turned on a Christian Bergman breaking ball, drove it down the right-field line and legged out a one-out triple in the third inning. The next batter, Cowgill, dumped a bloop single into center field to provide an insurance run.

Cowgill's RBI single

Jered Weaver, Danny Reynolds, Cesar Ramos, Matt Lindstrom, Drew Rucinski, Frank Herrmann and Ryan Mattheus made it stand by combining for nine scoreless innings.

Weaver strikes out Stubbs

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED

A perfect throw: Left fielder Cowgill ended the top of the first with a double play, fielding a fly ball from Nolan Arenado and firing a textbook, one-hop throw home to nail Daniel Descalso. Cowgill is entrenched as the fourth outfielder, but could get a lot of playing time against lefties.

Cowgill turns two on Arenado

Cool and calm that could come in handy at Coors: Righty Kyle Kendrick, signed by the Rockies this offseason, displayed his unflappability in his first Cactus League inning in purple and black. Kole Calhoun singled solidly, Mike Trout drew a walk on a high-quality at-bat and Albert Pujols singled just beyond Brandon Barnes' range in right to load the bases. A run scored on Matt Joyce's sacrifice fly, then Aybar popped out and Kendrick fanned Cowgill. Kendrick went two innings, with three hits and the lone run.

Kendrick strikes out Cowgill

Pujols going oppo: Pujols loaded the bases in the first inning with a line-drive single to right field. The Angels' star first baseman was shifted more than any right-handed hitter in baseball last season, but believes he can go the other way with more force now that his right knee is healthier.

Pujols' 1st-inning single

Nice going, kid: One of the Rockies' two extra-base hits was a double from outfield prospect Rosell Herrera, who played in the All-Star Futures Game last year.

QUOTABLE

"That was all in fun, obviously. I kind of knew it was coming anyway. I was just teasing him a little bit, and he was kind of upset that I made him walk out there that early." -- Weaver on jokingly barking at Angels manager Mike Scioscia when he pulled him from his first Spring Training start with two outs in the third inning

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS

• The Angels' victory snapped a nine-game winless streak vs. the Rockies in Cactus League play. Colorado last lost to the Halos in spring on March 25, 2009. The Rockies were 7-0-2 since then.

• Rockies righty rotation competitor David Hale forced 56 percent of his outs on ground balls last year with the Braves. In the sixth inning Friday, he yielded an Alex Yarbrough leadoff double before forcing grounders from two of the next three hitters. The one ball in the air, however, was Taylor Featherston's sacrifice fly. Hale gave up one run on two hits, both doubles, and struck out two.

Featherston's sac fly

• Weaver is one of three pitchers all time to record 130-plus wins and 1,400-plus strikeouts with fewer than 70 losses in his first nine big league seasons, joining Roy Oswalt and Dwight Gooden.

WHAT'S NEXT

C.J. Wilson will get the start, opposite right-hander Chris Bassitt, when the Angels visit the A's at Hohokam Stadium on Saturday. Wilson is coming off a relatively down season, which saw the 34-year-old left-hander post a 4.51 ERA and walk an American League-leading 85 batters in 175 2/3 innings. Game time is 12:05 p.m. PT on MLB.TV and Fox Sports West.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page, Thomas Harding and Friends at www.Rockies.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.