Los Angeles Angels ace Jered Weaver has been in dominant form since returning from the disabled list. He may have a good opportunity to turn in another outstanding start given his recent efforts against the Baltimore Orioles , though facing Freddy Garcia could make beating them difficult.
Weaver looks to add to his win streak against the Orioles while denying Freddy Garcia a seventh consecutive victory over the Angels on Monday night.
Weaver (1-1, 3.13 ERA) has gone 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in two starts since coming back from a fractured left elbow. He allowed one unearned run in six innings of a 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.
"(Weaver has) pitched very well and gave us a chance to score some runs and come out with a win," first baseman Albert Pujols said.
The right-hander didn't get a decision, but he's done nothing but earn victories lately against Baltimore (35-28). He's gone 4-0 with a 1.82 ERA in his last four matchups with them, yielding three hits over eight innings of the most recent one in a 3-0 victory July 7.
The Angels (27-36) could use another such performance as they've lost seven of nine. Since Weaver's last start, Los Angeles has given up 30 runs in four games.
The Angels allowed four home runs and 11 hits to Boston in a 10-5 defeat Sunday.
Baltimore, winner of 12 of 19 and six of seven at home, held on for a 10-8 road win over Tampa Bay on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep. The Orioles led 9-1 after the top of the fourth inning.
They had 16 hits after totaling six and scoring one run in their first two games in the series.
"Today we just came out aggressive," said shortstop J.J. Hardy, who went 3 for 5 and drove in two runs.
Garcia (2-3, 4.70) will be trying to bounce back from a rough outing. The right-hander gave up a season-high six runs in three-plus innings of an 11-7 loss to Houston on Wednesday.
He had gone 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA in his three prior starts.
"That's part of this game," he said. "Sometimes you pitch one game and (you're) good, and the next game something like this happens. You continue to do the best you can."
He's certainly done that against the Angels in his career, going 6-0 with a 2.81 ERA in his last 10 starts to give him a 16-3 mark and 2.66 ERA in 29 career matchups. He allowed two runs and three hits over 6 2-3 innings in his Orioles debut May 4 in Anaheim, but did not get a decision in a 5-4 win.
Bourjos has a .370 on-base percentage and was batting .313 before straining his left hamstring.
"Right now, I think we definitely want to give Josh a chance to get settled in the two-hole and lead off Mike," manager Mike Scioscia told the team's website. "If that keeps going, it keeps going. If we have to adjust, we will."
Baltimore took three of four of the Angels from May 2-5.
|Los Angeles Angels|
|June 02, 2013||Garrett Richards||Day-to-Day||Left game - Ankle injury|
|May 28, 2013||Josh Hamilton||Day-to-Day||Back spasms|
|May 27, 2013||Sean Burnett||15-Day DL||Left elbow inflammation|
|May 26, 2013||Sean Burnett||Day-to-Day||Left game - Forearm tightness|
|May 21, 2013||Erick Aybar||Day-to-Day||Left game - right knee soreness|
|April 30, 2013||Peter Bourjos||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|June 06, 2013||Steve Johnson||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
|May 24, 2013||Pedro Strop||15-Day DL||Lower back strain|
|May 24, 2013||Pedro Strop||15-Day DL||Lower back strain|
|May 13, 2013||Wei-Yin Chen||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|May 12, 2013||Nolan Reimold||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|May 12, 2013||Wei-Yin Chen||Day-to-Day||Right oblique strain|
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The rain was intensifying, and the Baltimore Orioles knew it wouldn't be long before umpires called for a tarp to cover the sloppy field.
So, down by a run in the sixth inning, the Orioles switched to beat-the-rain mode and used the elements to their advantage in a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
The teams played for 2 hours, 23 minutes and endured a rain delay that lasted 2:14. Immediately before that stoppage, Baltimore made the plays that won the game.
With the score tied at 2 in the bottom of the sixth and the grounds crew poised to leap into action, Nate McLouth led off with a bunt off Jered Weaver (1-2) and promptly stole second.
"I figured I had a good chance of laying one down there, and with the soaking wet field, that certainly helped," McLouth said. "When I got on there, it was wet, but I wanted to try to get in scoring position as quick as I could. It's tough to receive a ball and throw in those conditions, too. So I took that chance, and it ended up working out."
Manny Machado followed with an opposite-field single to right, and when the ball got past Josh Hamilton , McLouth came home with the go-ahead run. Machado took third on a single by Nick Markakis and Adam Jones hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2.
After Chris Davis hit a swishing grounder to shortstop Erick Aybar for a force at second base, umpire Joe West finally halted play.
"It wasn't raining too hard to play when we stopped," West said. "The field was getting unplayable. And that's why we stopped."
Too late for Weaver.
"That's some of the toughest weather I've ever had to pitch in in a little while," the right-hander said. "It's kind of a guessing game. You don't know whether they're going to stop it or going to call it. At the same time, both teams have to pitch through it and hit through it. It was a little messy out there, but no excuses. They were able to get a couple in that sixth inning and that was the difference in the game."
Los Angeles had tied it in the top of the sixth on a home run by Hamilton. Mike Trout also homered for the Angels, who have lost three straight to fall 10 games under .500 (27-37).
Making his fifth start since his recovery from a broken left elbow, Weaver gave up four runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings. He was 4-0 with a 1.82 ERA in his previous four starts against Baltimore.
"For the most part, it wasn't too bad," he said. "But there were some times you'd throw a pitch and get it back and the ball was already wet. It didn't even have to hit the infield."
Jones homered and drove in three runs to help the Orioles improve to 4-1 against the Angels this season.
"The sixth inning was big because they tied it in the top half," Jones said. "For us to fight and get two runs off Weaver in that situation was very important, especially with what happened with the rain."
Los Angeles closed to 4-3 in the seventh on Hamilton's RBI grounder off Tommy Hunter , but Darren O'Day worked a scoreless eighth and Jim Johnson got three straight outs for his 22nd save.
Freddy Garcia (3-3) allowed two runs, six hits and a walk over six innings for the Orioles. The 36-year-old improved to 17-3 lifetime against the Angels, 7-0 since the start of the 2005 season.
Trout put the Angels up 1-0 in the third inning with his 11th home run, the first in 72 at-bats since May 23. He didn't hit No. 11 last year until July 6.
Weaver retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced before Markakis drew a one-out walk in the fourth and Jones followed with his second homer in two games.
In the sixth, however, Hamilton tied it with a drive over the right field scoreboard. It was his ninth homer of the season, the first in 13 games.
NOTES: The Angels activated Peter Bourjos (hamstring) from the 15-day DL and designated INF Chris Nelson for assignment. ... Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (hamstring) is working out with the team and hopes to return soon. "I don't think we have a timeframe, but we're certainly in the homestretch," he said. Also, OF Nolan Reimold (hamstring) could begin a rehabilitation assignment by the end of the week, manager Buck Showalter said. ... Baltimore 2B Alexi Casilla jammed his index finger Sunday and did not play Monday. ... Miguel Gonzalez (3-2) starts for Baltimore on Tuesday. The Angels will start Jason Vargas , who blanked the Orioles in Anaheim on May 3. ... Trout has seven career HRs against Baltimore, tied for his most against any club (also Texas).