ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Bobby Wilson drove in three runs with his first major league homer and Mike Napoli also connected, helping Joel Pineiro and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 Wednesday.
Pineiro (6-6) pitched three-hit ball for eight innings, allowing only one hit after Carlos Gomez homered to lead off the third. Pineiro won his third straight start after going 1-5 with a 7.55 ERA over his previous eight outings.
Napoli, batting in the second spot for the first time this season, hit a solo home run in the first off Chris Narveson (5-4).
The Angels made it 4-0 in the second when Wilson sent a drive into the second tier of the double-deck bullpen in left field. Wilson played briefly for the Angels in the past two seasons.
Narveson (5-4) gave up five runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings in his 10th start of the season, after pitching a career-high seven innings last Friday in a 6-2 win against Texas. The left-hander, who began the season in the Brewers' bullpen, is 4-4 with a 5.53 ERA since replacing Jeff Suppan in the rotation.
Milwaukee slugger Prince Fielder went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts as the designated hitter. He had started each of his previous 307 games at first base.
After Gomez homered, the Angels restored their four-run lead in the fifth on Torii Hunter's sacrifice fly against Carlos Villanueva, who had just relieved Narveson.
Angels third baseman Brandon Wood, who came off the disabled list on Tuesday, started at shortstop for the first time this season. Naturally, each of Milwaukee's first three batters hit the ball to him. His throw to first on Rickie Weeks' grounder was in the dirt, but Napoli prevented an error with a backhanded scoop. Wood then caught Corey Hart's line drive and retired Ryan Braun on a grounder in the hole.
NOTES: The Angels are 9-1 when Wilson is the starting catcher, and the pitching staff has a 2.90 ERA when he is flashing the signals. ... Milwaukee OF Jim Edmonds started at 1B for the first time since June 7, 2006, with St. Louis. ... Fielder is 4 for 19 lifetime against Pineiro and Ryan Braun is 3 for 20 against him. ... The Brewers who took the first two games of the series by 12-2 and 7-1 scores, haven't swept a three-game set at Anaheim since September 1988 — 10 years before the Brewers shifted from the AL to the NL. This was only their second series at the Big A since changing leagues. ... Pineiro is 4-0 with a 2.98 ERA against the Brewers.