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Associated Press , Published July 24 2013

Weaver gives up 2 hits, Angels beat Twins 1-0

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Pitching in a tight game helped Jered Weaver concentrate even more than he usually does.

Weaver outdueled Mike Pelfrey with eight innings of two-hit ball after Albert Pujols drove in a first-inning run, and the Los Angeles Angels beat Minnesota 1-0 on Wednesday to avoid a three-game sweep by the Twins.

“With the score 1-0, you try to focus a little more on executing pitches because you know that one bad pitch can hurt you – especially in a day game with the wind blowing out,” Weaver said. “You have to be a little more focused in on what you have to do. Obviously, you’re going to pitch a little differently in a 1-0 game than you are in a 4-0 game.”

Weaver (5-5) struck out nine and walked one in his first home start against the Twins since his no-hitter on May 2, 2012. The three-time All-Star retired 19 consecutive batters during one stretch – just four days after teammate C.J. Wilson set down 18 in a row against Oakland.

“After losing the first two games to those guys, I wanted to come out and try to limit runs,” Weaver said. “The game plan going into every game is to try to keep them off-balance. My fastball command was good, I was able to mix in the changeup later, and the defense took care of the rest. Pelfrey threw a great game, and one run was the difference.”

Weaver improved to 8-2 lifetime against the Twins with a 3.28 ERA. Doug Bernier, a 33-year-old rookie who got his first major league hit and RBI on Monday, singled on an 0-2 pitch with one out in the first. The Twins didn’t get another runner until Ryan Doumit walked on four pitches with two out in the seventh, and rookie Aaron Hicks singled with two out in the eighth.

“He was the No. 1 they needed him to be,” Minnesota’s Justin Morneau said. “We came in here winning the first two, and he beat us. We got his pitch count up a little bit early, but he settled in like most of the number one’s do. He changed speeds really well and got ahead in the count. And when he works ahead, he makes that off-speed stuff more effective.”

Minnesota Los Angeles

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Thoms lf 3 0 0 0 Shuck lf 4 1 1 0

Bernier 2b 3 0 1 0 Trout cf 3 0 0 0

Mornea dh 4 0 0 0 Pujols dh 4 0 1 1

Doumit c 2 0 0 0 Trumo 1b 4 0 2 0

Carroll pr 0 0 0 0 HKndrc 2b 3 0 0 0

CHrmn rf 4 0 0 0 Callasp 3b 3 0 0 0

Plouffe 3b 3 0 0 0 Iannett c 3 0 0 0

Colaell 1b 3 0 0 0 Cowgill rf 3 0 2 0

Hicks cf 3 0 1 0 Aybar ss 3 0 1 0

Flormn ss 3 0 0 0

Totals 28 0 2 0 Totals 30 1 7 1

Minnesota 000 000 000— 0

Los Angeles 100 000 00x— 1

DP—Minnesota 1, Los Angeles 1. LOB—Minnesota 5, Los Angeles 7. SB—Bernier (1), Hicks (8), Shuck (4).

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Pelfrey L,4-8 6 5 1 1 1 5

Swarzak 2 2 0 0 0 0

Los Angeles

Weaver W,5-5 8 2 0 0 1 9

Frieri S,25-27 1 0 0 0 2 1

HBP—by Pelfrey (Trout), by Frieri (Bernier).

T—2:43. A—38,209 (45,483).