Jered Weaver pitched six innings of two-hit ball in his return from the disabled list and the Los Angeles Angels beat the San Francisco Giants 6-0 on Wednesday night, handing Ryan Vogelsong his first loss in almost seven weeks.
Alberto Callaspo homered against Vogelsong and teammates Kendrys Morales and Mark Trumbo greeted former Angels prospect Shane Loux with back-to back home runs during a three-run eighth, helping the Halos take the rubber game of the interleague series – the first visit by the Giants to Anaheim since losing Game 7 of the 2002 World Series.
Weaver (7-1) threw 78 pitches in his first start since May 28 at Angel Stadium against the Yankees, when his back went out on him after just 12 pitches.
The right-hander, who finished runner-up in the AL Cy Young voting last season and threw a no-hitter against Minnesota on May 2, struck out three and walked two while lowering his ERA to 2.40.
San Francisco’s only hits off Weaver were two-out singles by Brandon Crawford in the third inning and Brandon Belt in the fifth. The Giants had just two more hits – both singles – and were shut out for the third time.
Vogelsong (6-3) gave up three runs and seven hits over seven innings, walked none and struck out six in his first regular-season start against the Angels. The right-hander, who came in with the lowest run support of any Giants starter at 3.70 per game, was 6-0 with a 1.76 ERA in his previous eight outings since May 3, when he lost a 3-2 decision to Miami’s Anibal Sanchez at San Francisco.
Callaspo opened the scoring in the second inning with a drive into the lower seats in the right field corner for his fourth home run, and the Angels increased the margin to 3-0 in the fifth.
Howie Kendrick, who had only two extra-base hits in his previous 35 games and 123 at-bats, hit the first of his two doubles with one out in the fifth and scored on Erick Aybar’s single. Aybar continued to second on the throw home from left fielder Melky Cabrera, and rookie Mike Trout came through with an RBI single after a walk to No. 9 hitter Bobby Wilson.
NOTES: Angels RHP Jerome Williams, who was admitted to a hospital after his start on Monday night because of dizziness and shortness of breath from a suspected athsma attack, returned to the clubhouse Wednesday and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. … Vogelsong was in the Angels’ organization for less than four months in 2010. He signed a minor league contract with then that July, but did not appear in any games with the big club and was declared a minor league free agent. … The Giants have decided not to put reliever George Kontos on the bereavement list, which would require him to miss at least three days. He will rejoin the club Friday night at Oakland for the opener of the season’s second ”Bay Bridge Series,” after attending his grandfather’s funeral. … RHP David Pauley, who was designated for assignment by the Angels on Monday, was claimed off waivers by Toronto. … Vogelsong has allowed only one first-inning run in his 13 starts this season, but 11 in the second inning. … Ryan Theriot was thrown out trying to steal second by Wilson in the fourth, ending a streak of 15 straight successful attempts by Giants baserunners.