SEATTLE (AP) — Jered Weaver believed he had enough left to finish off his first complete game in more than a year.
Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia didn't see the point in pushing Weaver beyond the 102 pitches he'd already thrown at this point of the season.
"I wanted to try and extend it as much as possible, but I understand where he's coming from," Weaver said.
Weaver gave up just three hits in eight strong innings, Kole Calhoun added a two-run homer and the Los Angeles Angels completed a three-game sweep with a 7-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
The Angels gave Weaver plenty of run support by coming through in clutch situations. The Angels seven runs were all scored with two outs, including Calhoun's homer, a two-run triple by Chris Nelson and an RBI triple from Peter Bourjos.
"We did real good (in) situational hitting, 5-for-10 with runners in scoring position, took our walks when they were there," Scioscia said. "In between 13 strikeouts we managed to get some key hits with guys in scoring position."
Weaver (8-7) continued the Angels pitching dominance in the three-game series, where they allowed two runs. His only mistake was giving up a solo home run to Dustin Ackley with one-out in the third inning on a 3-2 curve ball that came back over the middle of the plate. But Weaver followed by retiring 15 of the next 16 batters. He struck out eight, but wasn't given the chance at his first complete game since Aug. 6, 2012 against Oakland.
"He had a little bit left in him. I think the 102 pitches was good, (and) there's no sense in throwing 115 or 120 this afternoon," Scioscia said. "But it's a good sign that he finished strong."
Weaver rebounded from two straight losses with one of his best performances of the season. Weaver had won four straight decisions in July and early August before getting knocked around by the Yankees and Cleveland in his previous two starts.
He was back in top form against Seattle. Kendrys Morales singled with two outs in the fourth and was the last batter to reach base against Weaver until Ackley doubled with two outs in the eighth. Weaver tried to pitch more on the inner half of the plate after Seattle knocked him around for nine hits and four earned runs in his last start against the Mariners in July.
Despite barely being over the century mark in pitches after the eighth, Scioscia brought in Cory Rasmus to pitch the ninth.
"It is what it is. My goal is to try and get extended and get out there and stay out there as much as possible," Weaver said. "It's up to (Scioscia) whether he wants me to keep going or shut it down."