PITTSBURGH (AP) – Jered Weaver allowed two runs over six innings and Kole Calhoun homered to lead the Los Angeles Angels over the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-2 on Friday night.
Weaver (5-4) allowed six hits, struck out five and walked one, giving up consecutive homers to Starling Marte and Jung Ho Kang leading off the second. Weaver had been 1-4 with a 6.43 ERA in his previous six starts.
Kole Calhoun, Johnny Giavotella, Yunel Escobar, Mike Trout, Carlos Perez and Shane Robinson each had two of the Angels’ 14 hits. Los Angeles scored in each of the first four innings.
Francisco Liriano (4-5) gave up seven runs – six earned – 10 hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings. He has lost four times in five starts, walking 19 in that span.
Pittsburgh has struck out 44 times in losing four straight games.
Trout hit an RBI single in a three-run first capped by Giavotella’s two-run single, and Calhoun’s RBI single made it 4-0 in the second.
After the Pirates closed to 4-2, Gregorio Petit hit an RBI double in the third and scored on Robinson’s single. Calhoun homered in the fifth for a 7-2 lead, and Escobar added a two-run single in the seventh off Wilftredo Boscan.
Marte had three hits and Kang added two.
Right-hander Tim Lincecum is scheduled to make his second start for the Angels’ Triple-A Salt Lake farm club Tuesday. Manager Mike Scioscia said it was too soon to tell whether the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner might then be added to the major league rotation.
LONG TIME COMING
This is just the Angels’ second visit to Pittsburgh since interleague play began in 1997. They played a three-game series at PNC Park from June 15-17, 2004.
Angels: SS Andrelton Simmons (torn left thumb ligament) is working out with Class A Inland Empire and could begin an injury rehabilitation assignment in the next few days. . LHP Tyler Skaggs (strained left biceps) pitched four innings Friday at extended spring training in Mesa, Arizona. . Escobar (sore left wrist) returned after missing the previous three games.
Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli (bruised right foot) and SS Jordy Mercer (bruised left elbow) did not play after getting hit by pitches in Thursday night’s game at Miami. X-rays on both were negative. . CF Andrew McCutchen (inflamed right thumb) was back in the lineup, a day after leaving the game against the Marlins. . LF Gregory Polanco (sore left foot) returned to the starting lineup after sitting out Wednesday’s night game at Miami and being limited to a pinch-hitting appearance Thursday night. . RHP Arqimedes Caminero (strained right quadriceps) is to began a rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Indianapolis.
Angels: RHP Nick Tropeano (3-2, 3.25 ERA) is to start Saturday. He is 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA in his last four starts.
Pirates: LHP Jeff Locke (4-3, 4.33) has won his last three starts, including pitching his first career shutout in his previous outing, a three-hitter at Miami on Monday.
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