Angels' bats stay hot as Weaver cruises in win

BY foxsports • August 3, 2013

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Howie Kendrick made it all the way around the bases on a solid single, Saturday night at Angel Stadium.

Yes, you read that right – a single.

In the fifth inning with two on, none out and the Angels leading 4-1, Kendrick sliced a single into center easily scoring Mike Trout from third. Center fielder Colby Rasmus threw home to try and get Josh Hamilton out at the plate, allowing Kendrick to go to second but catcher J.P. Arencibia's throw to second was so off target it nearly dribbled all the way back to the warning track.

Kendrick wheeled all the way around to score the third run of the play, ultimately helping the Angels to a 7-3 win, their third straight over the Blue Jays, securing the series win as well.

"You have to run through bases," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "They threw it away and Howie split the seam in right-center and scored on it."

The onslaught of scoring was exactly what starting pitcher Jered Weaver needed.

Weaver has been the recipient of some hard luck this season as his run support average has ranked among the worst in the majors. This time around, Weaver (6-5) had more than enough support to get through 7 2/3 innings for the win.

"My boys came out and scored three and it took a little pressure off of me early and then we ended up getting four there in the fifth and it took a lot of the pressure off me," Weaver said. "I just had to go out there and concentrate on making strikes and trying to get some early outs."

It was his Weaver's fifth straight win at the Big A.

"We've got him deep into the game, maybe not as crisp as we've seen him the last couple times but definitely had enough stuff and pitched a strong game for us," Scioscia said. "They're a tough lineup and it’s not a forgiving lineup. If you miss spots, they're going to let you know."

Esmil Rogers (3-6) took the loss. The Angels' lineup have had no problems figuring out a Blue Jays (50-60) pitching staff that owns the second-worst ERA in the American League.

The offense has been on a hot streak as of late even before the Blue Jays came to town as the Angels (51-58) are scoring just over six runs per game – almost double what the Halos scored per game in July.

"Right now, we're trying to get a little continuity on the offensive side and find a little bit of offensive chemistry," Scioscia said. "Those clutch hits that maybe weren't in the Texas series showed up here and we needed them. We've combined some aggressive base running, some situational hitting and occasionally we've driven the ball out of the park so there’s a nice balance."

The Angels were 4 for 6 with runners in scoring position and have seen contributions from the entire lineup in this series. Kole Calhoun belted his second home run in as many games with a solo shot in the fifth and became the first Angel to hit safely in his first eight career starts since David Eckstein in 2001.

Among the veterans, Hamilton snapped an 0-for-9 streak with a 2-hit day and Kendrick is riding an eight-game hitting streak.

"Lately everybody has been swinging the bat well," Kendrick said. "A lot of the guys that we've called up have been having some good at-bats and that says a lot about the caliber of talent that we have for players.

"I like the confidence we have around the locker room."

Three games is just the start. Scioscia promises the team is ready to keep winning.

"We're not looking back, we're looking forward," Scioscia said. "We're going to make a run."

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