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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
final tally.

                                   Game Notes

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.

 
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