Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jered Weaver struck out nine and got plenty of run support in his six innings of work as the Los Angeles Angels opened a six-game homestand with an 8-4 win over the ChicagoWhite Sox on Friday.
Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun both hit solo home runs for the Angels, with
the latter also driving in three runs in total and scoring twice. Eight
different Angels scored a run.
Weaver (7-4) struggled with his control, yielding five hits and four walks but
was charged with just two runs. He has won seven of his last nine decisions
after opening the season with consecutive losses.
"I was battling to make pitches when I needed to," said Weaver. "My curveball
was pretty sharp. It was a good pitch against that lineup. The story tonight
was our offense. It took the pressure off of me."
The loss spoiled Adam Dunn's 450th career home run, a towering two-run shot to
right field in the ninth inning with the game well in hand. Dunn went 3-for-5
and drove in three, while Alejandro De Aza hit his fifth homer of the season
in the setback.
Andre Rienzo (4-3) was blitzed for seven runs on nine hits in just 3 2/3
forgettable frames for Chicago.
"Andre just couldn't stop them, saidWhite Sox manager Robin Ventura. "We had
opportunities but Weaver kept us off-balance. He has a deceptive delivery. He
makes it tough, especially against righties."
Calhoun opened the home half of the first with a 401 foot homer to right
field. Mike Trout then singled and stole second for Josh Hamilton, who doubled
to right for an early 2-0 advantage.
Chicago got a run back in the third on De Aza's solo shot to right. Weaver
later walked a pair after Adrian Nieto's single to load the bases, but Dunn
struck out looking to end the threat.
LA broke the game open with a five-run, two-out rally in the fourth. Hamilton
and David Freese singled around groundouts, but C.J. Cron kept the inning
alive with a two-run double to left. Hank Conger then singled home Cron, Grant
Green singled and Calhoun drove in two more with a two-bagger to right.
Dunn's RBI single in the fifth and Pujols' solo blast in the eighth set the
table for Dunn's two-run moonshot off Ernesto Frieri which resulted in the
Weaver improved to 8-2 in 11 career starts against the White Sox ... The
Angels have won seven of nine at home ... Chicago finished 2-for-12 with
runners in scoring position and left 12 on base.