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Jon Krawczynski / AP Baseball Writer, Published May 07 2012

Weaver beats Twins again

MINNEAPOLIS – Jered Weaver allowed three hits over six innings in his first start since no-hitting the Twins last week to lead the Los Angeles Angels to an 8-3 victory over Minnesota on Monday night.

Weaver (5-0) gave up one run with two walks and two strikeouts. Alberto Callaspo had a homer and three RBIs for the Angels, who have won six of eight as they try to climb out of the cellar in the AL West.

Erik Komatsu had two of the Twins’ three hits against Weaver, but the Twins didn’t have much more success against Weaver than they did on Wednesday.

Francisco Liriano (0-5) gave up four runs on five hits in five innings with three walks and four strikeouts for the Twins.

Albert Pujols went 1-for-5 with two RBIs a day after homering for the first time this season. He’s hitting .197 after signing a $240 million contract.

Coming off of the first no-hitter of his career, a 121-pitch, nine-strikeout masterpiece in his hometown against the overmatched Twins, Weaver was relaxed in the clubhouse before the game, the picture of California cool.

With his dirty blonde hair flowing, Weaver rocked back in his chair and joked with Dan Haren and Ervin Santana before trying to become just the second pitcher in big league history to throw consecutive no-hitters.

Against the ghastly Twins lineup that was missing sluggers Josh Willingham (illness) and Justin Morneau (wrist), anything was possible. They entered the game with just 14 hits and five runs total in their previous five games.

The last pitcher to face the same team he no-hit in his next start was Derek Lowe in 2002, and the lanky right-hander breezed through the first two innings in 20 pitches Monday night. But he walked Trevor Plouffe to start the third inning and lost a 10-pitch battle to Komatsu, who singled to center field to break up the bid for history.

Cincinnati’s Johnny Vander Meer remains the only person to throw back-to-back no-hitters. He did it back in 1938 against the Boston Bees and Brooklyn Dodgers.

Weaver’s pitch count steadily rose after the first three innings, but he held the Twins to one run on a fielder’s choice by Denard Span.

Angels 8, Twins 3

Los Angeles Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

MIzturs ss 3 2 2 0 Span cf 4 0 0 1

Callasp 3b 4 2 2 3 Dozier ss 4 1 1 0

Pujols 1b 5 0 1 2 Mauer c 4 0 1 1

TrHntr rf 4 1 0 0 Doumit dh 3 0 0 1

Trumo dh 5 0 0 0 Valenci 3b 4 0 0 0

HKndrc 2b 5 1 2 0 Parmel 1b 4 1 1 0

V.Wells lf 4 0 2 0 Plouffe rf 2 0 0 0

Iannett c 2 1 0 0 Komats lf 4 0 2 0

Bourjos cf 2 1 1 1 JCarrll 2b 3 1 1 0

Totals 34 8 10 6 Totals 32 3 6 3

Los Angeles 102 100 103— 8

Minnesota 000 010 020— 3

E—M.Izturis (2), Parmelee (1), Komatsu (1). DP—Los Angeles 1, Minnesota 1. LOB—Los Angeles 7, Minnesota 5. 2B—H.Kendrick (6), J.Carroll (4). HR—Callaspo (1). S—M.Izturis, Bourjos. SF—Bourjos, Doumit.

IP H R ER BB SO

Los Angeles

Weaver W,5-0 6 3 1 1 2 2

Takahashi 1 0 0 0 0 0

D.Carpenter Zc 3 2 2 0 1

Walden H,1 Xc 0 0 0 0 1

Isringhausen 1 0 0 0 0 0

Minnesota

Liriano L,0-5 5 5 4 4 3 4

Swarzak 1Xc 2 1 1 1 2

Gray 1Zc 1 0 0 0 1

Perkins 1 2 3 1 1 1

WP—Walden, Liriano.

T—3:01. A—31,382 (39,500