Angels 7, Mariners 1

Jered Weaver believed he had enough left to finish off his first

complete game in more than a year.

Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia didn’t see the point in

pushing Weaver beyond the 102 pitches he’d already thrown at this

point of the season.

”I wanted to try and extend it as much as possible, but I

understand where he’s coming from,” Weaver said.

Weaver gave up just three hits in eight strong innings, Kole

Calhoun added a two-run homer and the Los Angeles Angels completed

a three-game sweep with a 7-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on

Sunday.

The Angels gave Weaver plenty of run support by coming through

in clutch situations. The Angels seven runs were all scored with

two outs, including Calhoun’s homer, a two-run triple by Chris

Nelson and an RBI triple from Peter Bourjos.

”We did real good (in) situational hitting, 5-for-10 with

runners in scoring position, took our walks when they were there,”

Scioscia said. ”In between 13 strikeouts we managed to get some

key hits with guys in scoring position.”

Weaver (8-7) continued the Angels pitching dominance in the

three-game series, where they allowed two runs. His only mistake

was giving up a solo home run to Dustin Ackley with one-out in the

third inning on a 3-2 curve ball that came back over the middle of

the plate. But Weaver followed by retiring 15 of the next 16

batters. He struck out eight, but wasn’t given the chance at his

first complete game since Aug. 6, 2012 against Oakland.

”He had a little bit left in him. I think the 102 pitches was

good, (and) there’s no sense in throwing 115 or 120 this

afternoon,” Scioscia said. ”But it’s a good sign that he finished

strong.”

Weaver rebounded from two straight losses with one of his best

performances of the season. Weaver had won four straight decisions

in July and early August before getting knocked around by the

Yankees and Cleveland in his previous two starts.

He was back in top form against Seattle. Kendrys Morales singled

with two outs in the fourth and was the last batter to reach base

against Weaver until Ackley doubled with two outs in the eighth.

Weaver tried to pitch more on the inner half of the plate after

Seattle knocked him around for nine hits and four earned runs in

his last start against the Mariners in July.

Despite barely being over the century mark in pitches after the

eighth, Scioscia brought in Cory Rasmus to pitch the ninth.

”It is what it is. My goal is to try and get extended and get

out there and stay out there as much as possible,” Weaver said.

”It’s up to (Scioscia) whether he wants me to keep going or shut

it down.”

The Angels offensive outburst was surprising considering how

dominant Seattle starter Aaron Harang (5-11) was for the first 3

2-3 innings where he was nearly perfect. Harang retired 11 of the

first 12 batters, striking out five and giving up only a second

inning single to Hank Conger before his day rapidly fell apart in

the fourth.

Josh Hamilton started the rally with a double, followed by Mike

Trumbo just missing a home run and doubling off the right field

wall to pull the Angels even at 1-1. Conger was intentionally

walked and Nelson made Harang pay for the decision, slicing a fly

ball that landed on the right-field foul line and bounced into the

corner. Trumbo and Conger scored easily while Nelson raced around

to third with his second triple. Grant Green then capped the inning

beating out an infield single deep in the hole at shortstop that

allowed Nelson to score.

The Angels finally knocked out Harang in the sixth, again

sending eight batters to the plate and doing it all with two outs.

Green’s two-out bloop single was followed by Bourjos’ RBI triple

off the left-center wall. Calhoun then ended Harang’s day with his

fourth homer of the season and first since Aug. 6.

Harang struck out seven, but allowed seven earned runs for the

third time in August and fourth time in his last eight starts.

”He’s a veteran guy, he has to be able to shut that down and

get that final out,” Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. ”Just some

bad misses in the middle.”

Seattle’s lone highlight was Ackley’s homer, his first at Safeco

Field in more than a year. After slumping early in the season and

going down to the minors, Ackley is hitting .330 in his last 26

games.

Seattle’s offensive slump continued, having scored three or

fewer runs in seven of its last 10 games.

Notes: Weaver improved to 13-8 all-time against Seattle in 27

career starts. The 13 wins are tied for most against any one team

(Texas). … The Angels now have swept four series of at least

three games on the road this season. … Seattle OF Michael

Saunders missed his second straight game due to neck stiffness.