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SEA@LAA: Angels get a strike-'em-out, throw-'em-out

ANAHEIM -- The Angels may have been blanked for nine straight frames, but with Jered Weaver on the mound, all they needed was one run.

They got it in the 10th inning on a game-winning single by Vernon Wells, beating the Mariners, 1-0, at Angel Stadium on Friday night.

Torii Hunter singled to begin the 10th, and a wild pitch by Mariners reliever Dan Cortes put Hunter on second with none out. Wells then belted a single to left field, his first hit of the game. It also marked Wells' fourth career walk-off hit.

The victory kept the Angels one game back of the Rangers in the American League West.

"It feels good. Anytime you can get a hit to win a game, it is huge," Wells said. "In the position that we are in now, every win counts."

In the midst of an appeal of his six-game suspension, none of that seemed to be on Weaver's mind on Friday.

Mowing down the Mariners all night, Weaver dazzled over his nine innings of work. Giving up no runs on seven hits, he struck out eight and walked only one for the no-decision. With the performance, his ERA dropped to 1.78, while his record stayed at 14-5.

"I wasn't even thinking about the suspension tonight," Weaver said. "I'm gonna go out there and pitch just like I always do, regardless of the circumstances. It didn't even cross my mind.

"I am going to keep the appeal, though, because I just want my voice heard. We are going to follow through and see what happens."

The outing also marked his 15th straight quality start -- a club record -- and the second time this season he's tossed nine shutout innings but not recorded a decision.

He's also thrown six innings or more while allowing seven hits or less in 25 straight starts, the longest such streak in the Majors since 1919.

"Location was good and defense played well behind me, as they always do," Weaver said. "Mathis was throwing down the right fingers."

Seeing how the pitcher-catcher relationship between Weaver and Mathis has grown, manager Mike Scioscia said he sees the great chemistry they have together in games.

"They just understand each other, and know each other and the nuances of what Weav likes to do," Scioscia said. "They do a great job."

It looked as though the Angels would get on the board first in the third inning, after Bobby Abreu walked with two outs and Hunter hit a deep fly ball to left field.

However, Mariners left fielder Trayvon Robinson, in his Major League debut, had a different idea, reaching over the wall and robbing Hunter of a two-run home run.

"After I did it, I put my hand up to let everyone know I caught the ball," Robinson said. "Then, I immediately turned to Torii and was like, 'Oh God, he's going to kill me.' I had to walk right past him. It was very exciting."

Back-to-back singles by Howard Kendrick and Mark Trumbo and a hit-by-pitch to Peter Bourjos loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth for Mathis. But the Angels' catcher struck out looking to end the inning.

Catching the Mariners' corner infielders relaxing, Kendrick dropped down a bunt off the glove of Seattle starter Jason Vargas for a base hit to begin the sixth.

Alberto Callaspo kept it going with a one-out single to left, before a Bourjos groundout put runners on second and third for Mathis with two out. Yet, once again, Mathis struck out to end the threat.

"It was frustrating to watch the scoring opportunities pass. Give Vargas some credit, he pitched out of some jams," Scioscia said. "When we have Weav out there pitching the way he is, you aren't going to need a lot of run support. We had opportunities early and just couldn't cash in."

Weaver got into some trouble in the eighth, giving up a base hit to Casper Wells and a walk to Franklin Gutierrez with one out. He got out of it by inducing a double play to end the inning.

Robinson hit a ground ball to first base, with Trumbo going to second for the out. Erick Aybar, who received the throw, then threw over to third, catching Wells straying from the bag for the third out.

"The defense is always solid, and I really thought it was a key to the game tonight," said Weaver.

The Mariners also got leadoff runners in the first, second and fifth innings against Weaver, yet none were able to make it into scoring position.

The Angels threatened in the eighth, putting runners on first and second with two out, after a single by Trumbo and walk by Callaspo. But Los Angeles fell into the same fate as it had most of the night, as Bourjos flied out to left to end the inning.

The Angels went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position on the night, and also left 12 on-base. Yet when they needed a hit, Wells delivered.

"A win is a win, no matter how you cut it," Weaver said. "We'll take it. Comments