Weaver leads Angels to sweep of Seattle in 7-1 win

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 25, 2013 at 6:54 pm •  Published: August 25, 2013
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The Angels offensive outburst was surprising considering how dominant Seattle starter Aaron Harang (5-11) was for the first 3 2-3 innings where he was nearly perfect. Harang retired 11 of the first 12 batters, striking out five and giving up only a second inning single to Hank Conger before his day rapidly fell apart in the fourth.

Josh Hamilton started the rally with a double, followed by Mike Trumbo just missing a home run and doubling off the right field wall to pull the Angels even at 1-1. Conger was intentionally walked and Nelson made Harang pay for the decision, slicing a fly ball that landed on the right-field foul line and bounced into the corner. Trumbo and Conger scored easily while Nelson raced around to third with his second triple. Grant Green then capped the inning beating out an infield single deep in the hole at shortstop that allowed Nelson to score.

The Angels finally knocked out Harang in the sixth, again sending eight batters to the plate and doing it all with two outs. Green's two-out bloop single was followed by Bourjos' RBI triple off the left-center wall. Calhoun then ended Harang's day with his fourth homer of the season and first since Aug. 6.

Harang struck out seven, but allowed seven earned runs for the third time in August and fourth time in his last eight starts.

"He's a veteran guy, he has to be able to shut that down and get that final out," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "Just some bad misses in the middle."

Seattle's lone highlight was Ackley's homer, his first at Safeco Field in more than a year. After slumping early in the season and going down to the minors, Ackley is hitting .330 in his last 26 games.

Seattle's offensive slump continued, having scored three or fewer runs in seven of its last 10 games.

Notes: Weaver improved to 13-8 all-time against Seattle in 27 career starts. The 13 wins are tied for most against any one team (Texas). ... The Angels now have swept four series of at least three games on the road this season. ... Seattle OF Michael Saunders missed his second straight game due to neck stiffness.