Weaver Earns 17th Win, Angels Roll to Tenth Straight Victory
Sep 12, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels third basemanDavid Freese
(6) celebrates with Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick (47) after hitting a two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
There was a point in the 2014 season when pundit said Jered Weaver wasn’t an ace anymore. His velocity was down, as were strikeouts, and his control wasn’t were it could be.
Since June 26, Weaver is 10-2 and has taken over the American League lead in wins. Saturday night he limited Houston to one run on four hits in leading the Angels to a 5-2 win and season-high 10th straight victory. It’s the franchise’s longest streak since 2002, the same year they won the World Series.
The Astros never had a chance. Aside from a run in the third, Weaver struck out 12 batters-his most since 2011- and allowed just two to reach. Houston starter Scott Feldman with a two-run, eight hit outing in his fourth start of the season against Los Angeles. He previously split two decisions, most recently getting a no-decision on July 5.
Mike Trout supplied the only offense the Halos would need. He homered in the first and again in the third, marking the MVP candidate’s third career multi-home run game.
The Angels padded the lead with Albert Pujols bases-loaded walk and Erick Aybar’s RBI groundout in the seventh. Howie Kendrick-who extended his hitting streak to 10 with a first-inning single- notched his 69th RBI of the season with a one-run single in the same frame.
Huston Street earned his 38th save with a near-perfect ninth. Jake Marisnick singled but didn’t get farther than second base.
The Angels’ win coupled with Oakland’s brings their magic number to four with 14 games remaining.