Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Jered Weaver spun seven strong innings on
Friday, becoming the AL's first 20-game winner and keeping the Los Angeles
Angels of Anaheim in the thick of the playoff race with a 7-4 victory over the
AL West-leading Texas Rangers.
Weaver (20-4) scattered five hits and walked two while striking out five to
earn the victory in the opener of this three-game set. The right-hander is the
seventh Angel to win 20 games and the first since 2005 Cy Young winner Bartolo
Mark Trumbo registered three hits and three RBI, while Mike Trout added a solo
homer for the Halos, who have won six of seven to move within 1 1/2 games of
Oakland for the final wild card spot. The A's host Seattle on Friday.
Ryan Dempster (7-3) was pegged with the loss after giving up four runs on
seven hits and four walks. He struck out seven over 5 2/3 frames.
Adrian Beltre clubbed a two-run home run and Nelson Cruz smacked a solo homer
for Texas, which has lost three of four and missed out on a chance to clinch a
playoff berth with a victory.
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