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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Weaver shutout

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Juan Rivera homered twice, Jered Weaver pitched his first career shutout and the Los Angeles Angels beat the San Diego Padres 6-0 to complete a three-game sweep Sunday afternoon.

Weaver (7-2) worked quickly on the mound and struck out five while only giving up five hits. He threw 119 pitches, 80 strikes, and won his fourth straight. It was the third complete game of his career — all have come this season.

He got out of jams with spectacular fielding gems from teammates — Gary Matthews Jr. made up for a bases-running snafu when he made a diving catch on Henry Blanco's hit in the third and Rivera robbed a hit by Kevin Kouzmanoff when he ran out a long ball in left field in the fourth.

Rivera's two homers came a day after teammate Torii Hunter hit three against the Padres, who have given up 13 home runs in their last five games.

Rivera hit one off of Padres' starter Chris Young in the third and added another solo shot in the fifth off middle reliever Edwin Moreno.

Young (4-6) had poor command of his pitches early, walking four straight while giving up five hits in 2 1-3 innings of work. He gave up an RBI single to Vladimir Guerrero in the first and walked a runner home before giving up a two-run single to Hunter in the second that gave Los Angeles a 4-0 lead.

Walking Kendry Morales in the third after giving up the homer to Rivera chased Young, who lost his fourth straight game in his shortest outing of the season.

Young hasn't fared well in Los Angeles. He gave up four homers in a loss to the Dodgers on June 9.

Playing in Los Angeles hasn't fared well for Young, who gave up four home runs in a Dodgers loss on June 9.

Notes: Angels' reliever Scot Shields will have season-ending surgery on Tuesday for patella tendinitis. ... Angels' manager Mike Scioscia said pitcher Kelvim Escobar would throw off of flat ground on Sunday. Escobar, who missed the entire 2008 season with a torn labrum and was on the 60-day DL this season for right shoulder pain, could throw out of the bullpen for the remainder of this season. He appeared in one game on June 6 as a starter, but was shut down.

by the associated press

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