There was a sense of urgency in the
"It's the second half, every game is critical," said slugger
They got a good start Friday night, pairing another superb
"We dug ourselves a big hole,"
Having their ace back — Weaver (4-5) missed seven weeks of April and May because of a broken left elbow — and pitching the way he's capable of will help.
Weaver gave up four hits over 62/3 scoreless innings, striking out eight and walking four, to extend his scoreless streak against Oakland to 242/3 innings and improve to 7-1 with a 0.84 earned-run average against the A's since 2011. The right-hander caught a break when Oakland slugger Yoenis Cespedes, who won Tuesday night's
"You match up well against certain teams, and I've had some success against them, but you can't stay one way," Weaver said. "I was able to work the inside part of the plate more. I wanted to mix in some heaters in to keep those guys off the outer half of the plate. And the slider was really effective."
The Angels took a 1-0 lead in the first when
Pujols lined his 16th homer of the season and 491st of his career to left field in the third for a 2-0 lead, which catcher
Aybar then wrapped his fourth homer of the season around the right-field foul pole to lead off the bottom of the fifth, and Trout lined his 16th homer to left with one out to make it 4-0.
"Every game is big, especially against these guys," Trout said.