CLEVELAND (AP) ― Jered Weaver was surrounded. There were baserunners at every corner and trouble everywhere he looked.
He didn’t panic or crumble. He did something about it.
Weaver squirmed out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning and pitched into the eighth to remain unbeaten in Cleveland, leading the Angels to a 3-0 win over the Indians on Monday night.
About to lose his shutout, maybe the lead and possibly the game in the seventh, Weaver calmly got three quick outs.
“What he did was awesome.” said second baseman Howie Kendrick. “That’s why he’s our ace.”
Cleveland Indians outfielder Choo Shin-soo singles in the sixth inning on Monday. (AP-Yonhap News)
Weaver (9-1) allowed five singles, struck out two and improved to 5-0 with 1.52 ERA in eight career starts at Progressive Field. Scott Downs worked out of a mess in the eighth and pitched the ninth for his seventh save.
The Indians loaded the bases in the seventh off Weaver, who got a forceout at the plate, foul pop and strikeout to end Cleveland’s best threat.
“I don’t know the last time that happened, me getting out of something like that,” said Weaver, who has allowed just one run in his last 21 2/3 innings. “You want to lock it in when you get in a situation like that. I was able to make some pitches. You try not to do much, but that’s easier said than done. You have to make some better pitches and keep those guys off balance as much as possible.”
Kendrick homered in the seventh off Ubaldo Jimenez (7-7) as the Angels improved to 16-3 on the road since May 22.
Weaver, who pitched a no-hitter against Minnesota on May 7, allowed two hits through six innings before the All-Star went a little wild in the seventh.
Tampa Bay 4, NY Yankees 3
Minnesota 6, Detroit 4
Pittsburgh 11, Houston 2
Kansas City 11, Toronto 3
Chicago Cubs 4, Atlanta 1
Milwaukee 6, Miami 5
St. Louis 9, Colorado 3
San Diego 6, Arizona 2
Oakland 6, Boston 1
Seattle 6, Baltimore 3
Cincinnati 8, LA Dodgers 2