An offense that managed one single in the previous seven innings had the precious spark it needed.
The Angels didn't gain ground on Houston in the race for the second
"He's our leader, and when he's going good, it's hard to stop him," second baseman
"For him to get that big hit got the guys in the right mind-set that we need to win this game, and when he was pumping his fist, it gave us the energy to come out and play the best we can."
Texas closer Shawn Tolleson had a 1.64 earned-run average in his previous 33 games, but the Angels ambushed him in the ninth.
Trout, robbed of an extra-base hit in the sixth when right fielder
"Our bullpen and pitching staff have been huge, keeping us in the game," Pujols said. "Everybody is tired and sore and has aches and pains. This is not the time to complain about that. This is the time to step up and give whatever we have in the tank and see where we are after Sunday."
Weaver hasn't had much in his tank during the worst season of his career (7-12, 4.64 ERA), but he seemed to dig into some untapped reserves Friday.
With the score tied, 1-1, in the fifth,
"You can't get frustrated because he's made so many incredible plays over the years to get me out of situations," Weaver said of Aybar. "He's picked me up a bunch of times. I had to pick him up tonight."
Choo, who hit a solo homer in the fourth, doubled in the sixth, and
Moreland hit a one-hop smash that Giavotella dived for and smothered, and he threw to second for the force. Hamilton flied out to center.
"It meant a lot, man," Weaver said of Scioscia's decision to stick with him. "I probably didn't have my best stuff, but I was able to keep them off balance and work out of some situations. Somebody was looking out for me tonight."