Scioscia has faith in his ace

April, 21, 2012
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ANAHEIM -- Jered Weaver walked into the Angels dugout after his eighth inning of work, sat on the wooden bench and looked down. The key to jogging out to the mound the next inning was to avoid eye contact with manager Mike Scioscia.

With Weaver approaching the 100-pitch mark and closer Jordan Walden warming in the bullpen, Scioscia could have easily made the switch. Walden, for one, had only one save opportunity through 15 games. Scioscia, though, showed faith in his ace and Weaver rewarded him with his ninth career complete game, beating the Baltimore Orioles 6-3 Saturday night to earn his third win of the season.

"He really pitched the way we're used to seeing him pitch," Scioscia said.

Weaver recorded two quick outs in the ninth, getting Endy Chavez to swing through a changeup for his fifth strikeout and J.J. Hardy to fly out to left. Nick Markakis followed with a sharp single to center, putting Weaver's bid to go the distance in jeopardy.

"He can throw 160 pitches if you let him. If Scioscia would have come out in the ninth they would have gotten in a nice little scrap on the mound," Torii Hunter joked.

Adam Jones, who in the fifth inning broke up Weaver's perfect game, popped out to Albert Pujols to end it. Weaver finished with a season-high 114 pitches and 76 strikes. He estimated that 45 of his first 46 pitches were fastballs.

"We established command early," Weaver said.

With the victory, the Angels clinched their first series win of the season. They already trail the Texas Rangers by six games in the American League West standings.

"This gives us a little boost," Weaver said. "We win one more and we can call this a streak."

Blair Angulo | email

Reporter, WeAreSC.com

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jered Weaver
WINS ERA SO IP
18 3.59 169 213
OTHER LEADERS
BAH. Kendrick .293
HRM. Trout 36
RBIM. Trout 111
RM. Trout 115
OPSM. Trout .939
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOJ. Weaver 169