2012-05-03 / State/National Sports

Angels’ Jered Weaver no-hits Twins

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For The Associated Press

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver throws to the plate during the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins Wednesday night in Anaheim, Calif. Weaver completed a no-hit gem as the Angels won 9-0. 
AP Photo by MARK J. TERRILL Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver throws to the plate during the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins Wednesday night in Anaheim, Calif. Weaver completed a no-hit gem as the Angels won 9-0. AP Photo by MARK J. TERRILL ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels’ commitment to Jered Weaver is paying off.

Signed to a five-year, $85 million contract extension last August, the 29-year-old lefthander pitched his first no-hitter Wednesday night, dominating lowly Minnesota in a 9-0 cakewalk. All the Twins could muster against the two-time All-Star was one walk — and one other baserunner when catcher Chris Iannetta allowed a passed ball on a swinging third strike.

“I’ve been close once in Seattle and had it broken up in the eighth,” said Weaver, who struck out nine and retired 22 of his last 23 batters after Iannetta’s miscue. “We were having this conversation about five days ago, and C.J. (Wilson) came up to me and said: ‘Why don’t you just go out there and throw a no-hitter?’ And I said: ‘There’s no way. There’s no chance.’ So it’s funny that it happened.”

Kendrys Morales and Howie Kendrick homered to back Weaver — not that he needed much support.

It was the second no-hitter in the majors in less than two weeks, following Phil Humber’s perfect game for the Chicago White Sox at Seattle on April 21.

“It’s tough not to think about it when you see some goose eggs up there, but in a professional ballgame, you never know what’s going to happen,” said Weaver, a native of Northridge, Calif., who played at Long Beach State and pitched his gem in front of family and friends. “A bloop hit or anything else could happen. A lot of things have got to go your way, and that happened tonight. It still hasn’t kicked in. It’s pretty awesome.”

Weaver began the ninth inning by quickly retiring Jamey Carroll on a routine fly and striking out Span looking. He then got Alexi Casilla to lift a long fly that right fielder Torii Hunter easily caught at the warning track. The Angels’ ace watched his Gold Glove outfielder make the play, and put his hands on his head as the Angels rushed out to mob him.

Weaver threw 121 pitches, and the cheers from the crowd of 27,288 kept growing louder. After his no-hitter was complete, he hugged his wife, Kristin, and his parents, Dave and Gail, who were overcome with emotion.

“He got pretty emotional, but I think it was more a case of him not believing he did it than anything else,” Dave Weaver said. “I’m so happy for him. It’s just fantastic. It couldn’t happen to a nicer kid or a kid who’s worked as hard as he has to get where he’s at.”

The closest the Twins came to a hit was with one out in the third, when Carroll laid down a bunt that third baseman Mark Trumbo charged before throwing him out.

“I felt like I was in good position,” Trumbo said. “I’m never really surprised when somebody tries to lay one down on me, so I prepared myself. Fortunately, I was out there about 3 o’clock doing some stuff like that. So I just went back to that and treated it like what we worked on earlier and it worked out.”

Orioles 5, Yankees 0

NEW YORK (AP) — Jake Arrieta pitched eight innings of five-hit ball, and the Orioles ended Ivan Nova’s 15-game winning streak with a victory over the Yankees.

Rays 5, Mariners 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Sean Rodriguez and Luke Scott homered for Tampa Bay, helping Rays right-hander James Shields (5-0) become the AL’s first five-game winner with a victory over the Mariners.

Athletics 4, Red Sox 2

BOSTON (AP) — Brandon McCarthy beat an AL East opponent once again, holding Boston to one run over 6 2-3 innings as the Athletics defeated the Red Sox.

Blue Jays 11, Rangers 5

TORONTO (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer, Kelly Johnson added a two-run drive and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Texas, giving the Rangers consecutive losses for the first time this season.

Royals 3, Tigers 2

DETROIT (AP) — Chris Getz’s infield single in the ninth inning put Kansas City ahead, and the Royals held on to beat the Tigers.

Indians 6, White Sox 3

CHICAGO (AP) — Carlos Santana and Travis Hafner homered to lead the Indians to a win over the White Sox.

National League

Nationals 5, D-backs 4

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper made a tumbling barehanded catch in centerfield and then led off the ninth inning with a double to set the stage for Ian Desmond’s two-out gameending home run that gave the Washington Nationals a 5-4 victory over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.

Braves 15, Phillies 13

ATLANTA (AP) — Chipper Jones hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning and the Braves overcame Carlos Ruiz’s seven RBIs to outlast the Phillies.

Cardinals 12, Pirates 3

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Carlos Beltran drove in a career-best seven runs with a pair of threerun home runs and RBI single in the first three innings, leading the way as the Cardinals punished A.J. Burnett and the Pirates.

Rockies 8, Dodgers 5

DENVER (AP) — Pinch hitter Jason Giambi launched a three-run homer off Scott Elbert in the ninth inning, lifting the Colorado Rockies to an 8-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Cubs 3, Reds 1

CINCINNATI (AP) — Bryan LaHair and Ian Stewart hit solo homers — a major outburst for the power-challenged Cubs — and Jeff Samardzija pitched into the eighth inning in a victory over the Reds.

Padres 5, Brewers 0

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jeff Suppan pitched five solid innings to win his first game since 2010, leading the Padres to a win over the Brewers.

Astros 8, Mets 1

HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Johnson had four hits, homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs to back up another solid outing by Wandy Rodriguez, and the Astros beat the Mets to complete a three-game sweep.

Marlins 3, Giants 2, 10 inn.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton homered off Santiago Casilla in the 10th inning, and the Marlins beat the Giants after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth.

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