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TEX@LAA: Weaver throws seven scoreless, gets 13th win

ANAHEIM -- The Angels needed an uncharacteristic offensive explosion Wednesday to end Texas' 12-game winning streak.

On Thursday, only two hits and an unearned run were required for a second straight win against the American League West-leading Rangers.

Howard Kendrick scored the game's only run when he came around on Endy Chavez's error in the second, and the Angels beat Texas, 1-0, in front of 38,315 at Angel Stadium. The win salvaged a series victory for the Angels that didn't appear likely after Tuesday's 7-0 stomping in the opener.

The Angels' 22-10 record since June 13 is the best in baseball.

Rangers starter C.J. Wilson was tremendous in a losing effort, carrying a no-hitter into the fifth until Mark Trumbo singled. The only other Angel to connect for a hit was Maicer Izturis, who slapped a two-out double to left field in the eighth.

The one run was good enough for Jered Weaver to ride to his seventh straight victory and 13th of the season. He scattered seven hits and walked two over seven-plus shutout innings, extending his string of consecutive quality starts to 12, the longest such streak in the Majors.

"Going up against a guy like C.J., you know runs might be limited," Weaver said. "He threw a heck of a game. Obviously one big error for them helped us out a little bit and was the difference in the game."

Neither of the Halos' two hits factored into their run.

Kendrick reached in the second when he wore a pitch from Wilson, then advanced a base on a wild pitch. Mike Trout's two-out liner to right-center skipped off Chavez's normally sure glove, allowing Kendrick to come around from second. The following strikeout from Jeff Mathis left Trout stranded at first.

Wilson's six-game winning streak was snapped in a tough-luck manner. The southpaw is the first Rangers pitcher to lose a complete game without surrendering an earned run since it happened to Charlie Hough on June 16, 1986, also in Anaheim.

"You couldn't ask for anything more from C.J." Texas manager Ron Washington said. "That was two great pitchers battling. They just got a run on a mistake."

Weaver has limited opponents to six earned runs over his last seven starts, and his seven-game winning streak is tied for the second longest in the AL this year.

"He really understands his stuff -- he trusts it," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's going to go out there and make those guys beat him."

Texas managed a two-out rally in the sixth, loading the bases with an Adrian Beltre double, a Michael Young walk and a Nelson Cruz single. Weaver's 2-2 heater to Mitch Moreland in the next at-bat was a little higher in the zone than intended, he said, but was still good enough to draw a whiff from Moreland to end the frame.

Weaver was visibly fired up as he walked to the dugout.

"It was huge," he said. "Me and Jeff came up with a game plan, and luckily, he chased that high fastball. I was definitely excited."

The back end of the Halos' bullpen was sturdy enough to preserve the victory. Scott Downs threw a perfect eighth inning, and Jordan Walden induced a groundout from Chavez to seal the deal, though Mike Napoli's two-out single meant the ending wasn't without drama.

Walden's 23rd save sets a new rookie club record, surpassing Ken Tatum's 22 saves in 1969.

"It means a lot," the 23-year-old flamethrower said. "Coming into the year I never thought I'd be in a situation to do that. For me to get that is unbelievable."

The Rangers put together their second-best threat against Weaver in the first, beginning with Elvis Andrus' chopped one-out double. That was followed by a full-count walk from Josh Hamilton. Texas sent both runners on an aggressive double steal but an excellent throw from Mathis gunned down Andrus at third and Beltre struck out to end the inning.

A couple of stellar defensive efforts also made the Angels' victory possible.

Perhaps the most impressive play of the 19-year-old Trout's burgeoning big league career came in the second. Young flared a ball to the right-center gap, appearing destined for at least a single. But Trout tracked it well and laid out to snatch it for a highlight-reel-worthy catch.

Additionally, a remarkable leaping snag by Alberto Callaspo prevented a hard-hit Napoli liner from leading off the Rangers' half of the seventh with extra bases.

This game marked the 26th time the Angels have been held to one run or less, and it was also their third 1-0 win of the year. Scioscia knows that formula for winning isn't sustainable if the Angels want to still be playing come October.

"I think the contributions from our pitching and our defense have kept us afloat," he said. "Right now, the cement shoes we have is the [lack of] consistent offense. We've got to shed that ... We're still not where we need to be." Comments