- Associated Press - Friday, May 15, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) - Wei-Yin Chen didn’t make many mistakes against the Los Angeles Angels. Unfortunately for him and the Baltimore Orioles, Jered Weaver was a few pitches better.

Weaver allowed one run and three hits while pitching into the eighth inning, leading the Angels past Chen and the Orioles 3-1 on Friday night.

“Weaver is such a great player,” Chen said. “While he’s pitching, I also watch his game and think about mine, and how I should get hitters out. Today, I was happy that my teammates were out there supporting me with good defense behind me.”

Albert Pujols hit his sixth home run for Los Angeles, which has won seven of its past nine, including a season-high four straight.

Chen (1-2) allowed two runs on seven hits and tied a season high with seven strikeouts over seven innings. It was the fifth time this season that Chen allowed two runs or fewer and not earned a victory.

“Wei-Yin, I thought he had a good breaking ball tonight,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “The way they’ve been handling left-handed pitching this year, that was a challenge. That was pretty impressive. I’d bet that was the best game a left-handed starter had against them.”

Weaver (2-4) was coming off a shutout against the Astros and held the Orioles scoreless before J.J. Hardy led off the eighth with a homer. Weaver let his defense do most of the work against the Orioles’ lineup and struck out three with just one walk.

Huston Street pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his 12th save.

Pujols gave the Angels a 1-0 lead in the first with a two-out homer to left on a 92-mph fastball by Chen. Los Angeles added another run an inning later when Erick Aybar led off with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Carlos Perez.

“Overall, I felt pretty good,” Chen said. “Well, there was those bumpy innings in the first two, but luckily I made adjustments.”

Weaver retired 13 of the first 15 batters he faced before his error allowed Hardy to reach second in the fifth. Weaver got out of the inning by getting Rey Navarro on a popout and striking out Caleb Joseph.

“His stuff tonight was better tonight than we saw early in the season, but he really lit it up last time. It was his command,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said about Weaver. “I think he was able to get the fastball into good spots, brought all his pitches into the game.”

Hardy, who had two hits, pulled the Orioles to within a run and ended Weaver’s night. Joe Smith got out of the eighth after allowing a single to Manny Machado, who has reached base for a career-high 20 straight games.

The Angels added an insurance run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Johnny Giavotella.

“Hardy got me there with the home run,” Weaver said. “It’s not too much of flyball pitcher’s ballpark. I was just trying to keep it on the ground as much as possible.”

PAREDES GROUNDED

The Orioles’ Jimmy Paredes went 0-for-3, snapping a 12-game hitting streak. It was also the longest streak by an Orioles player this season.

TRAINERS ROOM

Angels: There were no injury updates.

Orioles: C Matt Wieters (right elbow) will join the team next weekend in Miami before potentially beginning a rehab start. Wieters remains on schedule to come off the DL on June 4.

UP NEXT

Angels: Matt Shoemaker (2-3) is looking to bounce back after allowing a season-high six runs in three innings in a 6-5 loss to Houston on May 9.

Orioles: Bud Norris was scratched from his scheduled start because of an illness. Ubaldo Jimenez was moved up a day to replace him. Norris could still pitch Sunday if he feels better, Showalter said.


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