ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jered Weaver pitched into jams and out of trouble in every early inning, waiting for the Los Angeles Angels' slumbering bats to provide some help.
The Angels came through with just enough offense to seal a sweep of Philadelphia.
Howie Kendrick delivered a go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth inning, and Weaver pitched six resilient innings in the Angels' 4-3 victory over the Phillies on Wednesday night.
Weaver (13-7) yielded two runs and eight hits for the Angels, improving to 6-1 in his last 10 starts despite trailing 2-1 in the sixth.
"You keep this team in the game, and the offense is going to come through," said Weaver, who improved to 16-4 in interleague play. "If you can limit those guys, we'll always have a chance."
Brennan Boesch drove in two runs for the Angels, who salvaged a 3-4 homestand by sweeping two games from the last-place Phillies. Los Angeles (70-49) pulled within 2 1/2 games of Oakland atop the overall major league standings.
The Angels' once-powerful offense struggled throughout the homestand, but came alive in the sixth inning of both games against the Phillies. One night after Los Angeles scored seven runs in the sixth, it scored three more against A.J. Burnett (6-13), who had shut down the Angels in the first five.
Albert Pujols started the rally with a one-out double, and Kendrick's bases-loaded bloop landed just inside the right-field line. Boesch, recalled from the minors Tuesday, then added an RBI groundout. He also had a sacrifice fly in the second.
"We didn't kill the ball, and the early runs weren't there, but we broke through and held a lead," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Right now, we've got to scratch and claw if you're not going to score runs. That's the only way you're going to beat good pitchers like Burnett."
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