Struggles continue for Weaver in 4-1 Angel loss
Or is it simply that he's proving to be human after all?
Either way the struggling Angels ace clearly wasn't himself again Friday and Texas took advantage, getting seven hits and four runs in six innings of a 4-1 Rangers win.
In his first six starts this season, Weaver was 6-0 with a 0.99 earned-run average. In his last three, he's 0-3 with a 5.50 ERA.
After averaging nearly eight innings in his first six starts, he hasn't gone past the sixth in his last three.
It's the first time Weaver has had three consecutive starts in which he's thrown six or fewer innings and allowed at least three runs since July 2009. Weaver finished with six strikeouts and a walk. And the two home runs he gave up matched his total from his previous eight starts this season.
The Rangers wasted no time in getting after Weaver with Elvis Andrus homering with one out in the first inning. The ball cleared the wall by just inches, bouncing off the rubber padding atop the scoreboard in left field.
The Angels matched that in the third inning with Erick Aybar's first home run of the season, which not only tied the score but extended Aybar's hitting streak to a career-best 11 games.
But that was all the Angels would get off Ranger starter Alexi Ogando (4-0), who went 6 1/3 innings, scattering five hits. A trio of Rangers relievers closed out the game with 2 2/3 scoreless innings.
Texas went ahead to stay on back-to-back doubles by Ian Kinsler and Michael Young to lead off the fourth inning, then added insurance runs in the fifth on a run-scoring single by Andrus and in the sixth on a long home run by Adrian Beltre, his ninth of the year.
Three Rangers -- Andrus, Kinsler and Young -- finished with two hits each while Alberto Callaspo had two hits for the Angels. Bobby Abreu and Hank Conger also reached base twice for the visitors, on a walk and a single apiece.
-- Kevin Baxter, reporting from Arlington, Texas
Photo: Angels starter Jered Weaver delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Rangers on Friday night. Credit: Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press