Anaheim, Calif. - Jered Weaver pitched two-hit ball over seven scoreless innings while shutting down Texas slugger Vladimir Guerrero and helping the Los Angeles Angels beat the Rangers, 2-1, Thursday night.
The second-place Angels took two of three from the Rangers, whose AL West lead was reduced to 31/2 games – still the largest in the American League.
Weaver (8-3) struck out six and walked two in lowering his ERA to 1.70 in eight home starts. His 124 strikeouts lead the AL, and he has 28 in his last three starts while allowing just three walks.
The right-hander proved the most effective Angels pitcher in the series against Guerrero, keeping him hitless in three at-bats with a walk Thursday.
The former Angels star went 6 for 8 with three home runs, including a grand slam, and eight RBI in the first two games.
Weaver also contained Josh Hamilton, whose career-high 23-game hitting streak ended with an 0 for 3 performance that included an intentional walk. Weaver retired 10 in a row during one stretch.
Brian Fuentes pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 15th save in 18 chances.
Texas lefty C.J. Wilson (6-4) gave up two runs and five hits in 52/3 innings, struck out four and walked four in losing for the first time since May 29 at Minnesota.
The Rangers pulled to 2-1 in the eighth on Ian Kinsler’s RBI single off Fernando Rodney that dropped in shallow left field.
With runners on first and second, Guerrero then grounded to third for an apparent inning-ending double play. But second base umpire Bruce Dreckman ruled that Howie Kendrick’s foot was off the bag, allowing the runners to move up while Guerrero was retired on the relay.
That drew Angels manager Mike Scioscia onto the field for a heated argument with Dreckman.
Rodney intentionally walked Hamilton to load the bases before Nelson Cruz popped to second to end the threat. During Cruz’s at-bat, Rodney threw a 2-2 pitch over Jeff Mathis’ head to the backstop, but he played the carom quickly and Michael Young had to stay at third.
The Angels took a 1-0 lead in the first on Kendrick’s double in the left-field corner that scored Erick Aybar, who singled to lead off.
Their other run came in the sixth on Mike Napoli’s double to left-center that followed a leadoff walk by Torii Hunter.