Jered Weaver tied for the AL lead with his seventh victory – 39 days after getting his sixth one – and No. 9 hitter Peter Bourjos singled home the go-ahead run for the Los Angeles Angels in a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday night.
Weaver (7-4) allowed two runs, three hits and four walks over seven innings and struck out eight to help end the Yankees’ four-game winning streak.
Weaver won his first six starts of the season with a 0.99 ERA, and was 0-4 with a 3.38 ERA over his next six outings after beating Oakland 5-0 for his fifth career shutout. In the right-hander’s previous start last Saturday, he threw a career-high 128 pitches at Minnesota and allowed just two hits but got no decision in the Angels’ 1-0 loss.
Scott Downs pitched a hitless eighth inning and rookie Jordan Walden got three outs for his 13th save in 16 chances.
Rookie Ivan Nova (4-4) allowed three runs – two earned – and eight hits in six-plus innings. The only Angels player the 24-year-old right-hander had faced previously was injured left fielder Vernon Wells, who has missed the last 25 games because of a groin strain.
Weaver faced the Yankees for the first time since Game 3 of the 2009 AL championship series.
Eight years to the day that he was named the Yankees’ 11th team captain since 1900 and the first since Don Mattingly, Derek Jeter went 0 for 3 with a walk and remained 16 hits shy of 3,000.
Jeter, who came in 2 for 17 lifetime against Weaver, started the game off with a stubborn 15-pitch at-bat – fouling off nine of them with two strikes before flying out to center field. Jeter has gone 43 consecutive plate appearances without striking out, his longest stretch of the season.
Bourjos snapped a 2-all tie in the fourth, driving in Russell Branyan with a line single through the left side with the bases loaded. Nova minimized the damage by striking out Maicer Izturis and retiring Erick Aybar on a flyball. Izturis came up again with the bases loaded in the eighth against Luis Ayala and flied out.
Former Yankee Bobby Abreu, who passed Lou Gehrig on the all-time doubles list last Sunday, doubled to left-center in the first inning to drive in the game’s first run. He advanced on a passed ball by Russell Martin and scored on Alberto Callaspo’s groundout. Nova had allowed only one first-inning run in his 17 previous big league starts.
Martin got one of the runs back in the second with an RBI single after a leadoff double by Rodriquez. New York tied it in the fourth when Jorge Posada broke out of a 1-for-18 skid with a ground-rule double that scored Rodriguez, who drew a leadoff walk.
The hit came moments after a number of Yankee fans behind the first base dugout started a chant of ”Hip Hip Jorge!” The Yankees did not get another hit the rest of the game.
The Yankees, who lead the majors with 82 home runs, failed to hit one for the 12th time in their first 55 games. Weaver has allowed only two homers in 65 innings over his last nine starts, and six in 143 innings over his last 20 outings.
Angels right-hander Dan Haren was scratched from Saturday night’s scheduled matchup with CC Sabathia because of stiffness in his lower back, and Ervin Santana will be moved up a day in the rotation.
Notes: Jeter saw a total of 10 pitches in his other three plate appearances. … Former Mets manager Jerry Manuel came down from his home in Sacramento to begin his new gig as a Fox Sports.com ”insider.” Anaheim was the site of Manuel’s first game as Mets skipper on June 17, 2008, following the late-night firing of Willie Randolph. … The Angels’ 55-45 record against the Yankees since Mike Scioscia became manager in 2000 is better than that of any other team. Scioscia’s first victory as a big league skipper was on April 5, 2000, when the Halos beat Joe Torre’s Yankees 12-6. … The Yankees are playing their first series at Angel Stadium since April of last season, when Mark Teixeira wiped out Bobby Wilson in a violent collision at home plate in the rookie’s first major league start behind the plate. It left Wilson with a concussion and injured left ankle that sidelined him for 21 games. ”As a catcher, that’s what you sign up for. That’s part of the job,” Wilson said. ”Even getting hit the way I did, I’m not going to back down from anything. Sosh got beat up pretty good in his day, and that’s where we learned it from.” … The Yankees are 318-223 in the regular season since Joe Girardi replaced Torre as manager in 2008. Torre was 334-207 in his first 541 games in the job.