Five-run third lifts Angels over Orioles

Five-run third lifts Angels over Orioles

ANAHEIM -- The Angels scored five runs in the third inning and Jered Weaver took it from there, pitching seven innings of two-run ball in a 10-2 victory over the Orioles at Angel Stadium on Sunday.

The outcome kept the Orioles from completing a sweep and gave them only their fourth loss in the last 14 games.

The Angels (20-24) got the first six baserunners on against Ubaldo Jimenez in the third, on a double from Yunel Escobar, a single from Kole Calhoun, a walk by Mike Trout, a double by Albert Pujols, a single from Johnny Giavotella and a double from C.J. Cron, giving them a 6-0 lead that gave Weaver plenty of cushion.

Pujols' RBI double

Jimenez gave up six runs total, including the five-run outburst in the third. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Jimenez's performance should not be indicative of what is to come from the right-hander, who is now 2-5 with a 6.04 ERA.

"He's capable of better," said Showalter, whose Orioles are 26-16.

Weaver entered with a 5.76 ERA, but shut the Orioles out through the first six innings and gave up only a two-run homer off the bat of Jonathan Schoop. The 33-year-old right-hander scattered five hits, walked one and struck out six, providing a dominant start one day after Matt Shoemaker pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings in an eventual Angels loss.

"A game like last night could become a distraction if you're too deflated," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Guys start to press and think, 'We just had a tough game; we have to come out here and do more.' You don't. You just have to execute the way that we did. I think our guys kept perspective and did a good job of that." More >

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Just looking: Weaver recorded three caught-looking strikeouts in the top of the fourth, getting Manny Machado with an 82-mph fastball, Chris Davis with an 85-mph fastball and Mark Trumbo with a 68-mph curveball. The half-inning encapsulated a day when Orioles hitters were mostly flummoxed by Weaver, who kept a powerful lineup off-balance with pitches as fast as 85 mph and as slow as 67 mph.

"There's some good days and bad days," Weaver said. "It's not very fun going out there, but I'm going to go out there and compete. If I get hit around, I'm going to take my beating like a man. If I go out there and keep the team in the game and we're able to win, that's a plus overall. I'm definitely not where I want to be. But today was a good sign that it's headed in the right direction."

Oh no, Ubaldo: Jimenez never really found a rhythm Sunday afternoon, giving up a run in the second inning on Angels catcher Carlos Perez's looping RBI flare single to right. He found himself in trouble again in the third, allowing each of the first six Angels hitters to reach base in a five-run inning. He finished with six runs allowed over 5 2/3 innings, making it back-to-back starts in which he's given up as many runs.

"There's nothing you can do," Jimenez said. "I think I made a couple good pitches in that inning. It just didn't go my way." More >

Jimenez fans Trout

Perez comes up big: Perez knocked in the Angels' first run in the second, lined a base hit up the middle in the sixth and launched a three-run homer to left-center field in the seventh, giving him his first three-hit game of the year and allowing the Angels to pull ahead for good. With Geovany Soto out until at least the middle of June after undergoing knee surgery, the Angels desperately need someone like Perez to spark the bottom third of their lineup.

"I've been working with the hitting coaches," Perez said, "trying to be more aggressive."

Perez's big game

Got the Schoop: Orioles hitters struggled all day against Weaver, except for Schoop. He went 2-for-3 off Weaver, including a two-run shot to left field in the seventh. The 433-foot blast off a 70-mile-per-hour hanging curveball brought in the only two runs scored off Weaver.

Schoop's two-run blast

QUOTABLE
"The front door was locked, the bac kdoor was bolted, so I was coming in through the chimney today." -- Weaver, on relying heavily on his breaking pitches

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
In 491 career games entering play Saturday, Machado had never struck out three times against the same pitcher in a game. He did so Saturday against Shoemaker, and again Sunday against Weaver.

Sunday marked Weaver's 300th career start, joining Chuck Finley (379) as the only Angels players to reach that number with the team. Since 1960, Weaver's 142 wins is tied for the seventh most in the American League for a pitcher's first 300 games.

MEDICAL REPORT
Trout appeared to roll his ankle while making the turn at third base on Pujols' single in the seventh. Trout got the stop sign from third-base coach Ron Roenicke and pulled up lame, prompting the superstar center fielder to get checked on by the Angels' training staff. Trout finished running the bases and was replaced by Shane Robinson the next half-inning, a precautionary move with the Angels leading by eight runs at the time.

"It's good," Trout said of his ankle. "It scared me more than anything."

Trout gets shaken up

FOR THE HIGHLIGHT REELS
Giavotella made a spectacular play on a potential base hit in the first inning, diving to his left to smother a hard grounder off the bat of Chris Davis and then recording the out at first. Giavotella also made a nice play to end Saturday's eighth inning, charging a tapper off the bat of Joey Rickard and making an off-balance throw to preserve what at that point was a 1-0 Angels lead.

Giavotella's great diving stop

UPON FURTHER REVIEW
Rickard was called out trying to steal second base on Machado's strikeout in the top of the first inning. The Orioles challenged the call, and it was overturned when replay showed that Rickard's hand touched the base before the tag was applied by Giavotella. The review lasted one minute, 24 seconds.

Rickard steals second base

WHAT'S NEXT
Orioles: Chris Tillman (6-1, 2.61 ERA) takes the ball in Houston on Tuesday as the Orioles begin a three-game set against the Astros. He's won each of his last five decisions, and has gone at least six innings in each of his last six starts.

Angels: The Angels start a three-game series from Globe Life Park in Arlington on Monday, with righty Nick Tropeano (2-2, 3.30 ERA) going up against Rangers left-hander Derek Holland (3-3, 5.63 ERA). Tropeano threw seven innings of one-run ball against the Dodgers on Wednesday and has given up three runs or less in seven of his eight starts.

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Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012.

Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Anaheim.

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