Montero HRs again off Weaver, Mariners beat Angels

Associated Press Modified: September 2, 2012 at 8:32 pm •  Published: September 2, 2012
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SEATTLE (AP) — Jered Weaver knew it was going to be a tough start even before he reached the mound.

The Angels ace didn't feel good in the bullpen and struggled through 5 1-3 innings in a 2-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, snapping Los Angeles' five-game winning streak.

Weaver (16-4) allowed just two earned runs on solo home runs from Jesus Montero and Carlos Peguero, but he also walked four and gave up eight hits.

"I was able to battle for the most part, but obviously made a couple bad pitches," Weaver said.

He was also struck on the right arm by a line drive off Dustin Ackley's bat in the fifth. Weaver said it clipped his glove prior to hitting his arm and looked worse than it feels.

"It didn't really square me up too bad," Weaver said.

Weaver threw a couple practice pitches and remained in the game.

"This is something that's going to get sorer as time goes on," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I'm sure it's going to stiffen up tonight, and we'll see how it sets up tomorrow."

Montero singled early, then hit his 15th home run of the season in the fourth. It was Montero's fourth home run and fifth hit in nine career at-bats against Weaver.

Only Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez have more home runs (5) against Weaver, but needed 25 and 24 at-bats, respectively, to do it.

Peguero hit his second homer of the season in the fifth, a high-arcing shot to right field, a day after being called up from Triple-A Tacoma.

Hisashi Iwakuma (6-3) mixed his pitches all afternoon. He threw 7 1-3 scoreless innings, allowing five hits and striking out seven.

Tom Wilhelmsen allowed a run in the ninth when Howie Kendrick singled home pinch-runner Vernon Wells, but retired Erick Aybar to convert his 22nd save in 25 tries.



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