Weaver unable to pitch out of funk
Right-hander loses fourth straight start
OAKLAND -- Angels starter Jered Weaver's recent struggles continued Saturday at the Coliseum, as he allowed four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings in a 4-1 loss to the A's that evened the three-game series ahead of Sunday's finale.
In his last four starts, Weaver has given up 19 earned runs, and he's lost all four games. On Saturday, the A's did their damage against the right-hander with three RBI doubles.
Stephen Vogt delivered in the first, while Josh Reddick and Brett Lawrie converted in the sixth before Weaver exited.
"Everything was flat," Weaver said. "The command's not there. I was able to keep them off balance a little bit, but they got to me there in the sixth."
Despite his struggles, Weaver did improve in one area: he didn't give up a home run. He had allowed at least one homer in each of his previous four starts, including three in a loss to the Yankees on June 5.
The A's didn't leave the yard, but they did outmatch the right-hander with a patient approach. Weaver was one out from getting through six with just two earned runs, but Lawrie ensured that didn't happen.
"Trying to get a fastball into some decent zones to set up the stuff has been a chore for him the last couple times, and it was this afternoon," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Weaver entered the day with the third-lowest career ERA against the A's (2.64) since the team moved to Oakland in 1968 (minimum 200 innings).
After posting a 4-1 record and 2.83 ERA in May, Weaver hasn't carried that mojo into June. He struck out 25 batters in May, but he has fanned a mere 11 in four June starts.
Said Scioscia: "He battled out there, but there's no doubt he wasn't as crisp today as he has been before."