CHICAGO (AP) — Howie Kendrick hit a leadoff homer to start a big day for the Los Angeles Angels' offense and Jered Weaver pitched seven stellar innings in a 12-0 rout of the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
Juan Rivera cracked a three-run double to cap a four-run first against Ted Lilly, who took a no-hitter into the ninth inning of his previous start. Torii Hunter added a two-run homer and Kendrick drove in three runs for the Angels, who improved to an AL-best 18-6 since May 24 and earned their 12th victory in 14 road games.
Handed a comfortable cushion before he went to the mound, Weaver (7-3) yielded only two hits and struck out 11 without issuing a walk. He didn't allow a runner past first base and has won consecutive starts for the first time this season.
The Cubs, who have lost six of nine, had another dismal offensive performance in front of 40,008 at Wrigley Field. Chicago sent 30 batters to the plate, three more than the minimum, and fans who hung around for the Angels' three-run ninth peppered the home team with boos.
A leadoff single in the ninth by pinch-hitter Juan Pierre ended Lilly's no-hit bid Sunday night during a 1-0 win over the Chicago White Sox. This time, the left-hander gave up a home run to Kendrick on his fourth pitch.
Lilly then allowed hard-hit singles to Kevin Frandsen and Bobby Abreu, who finished with four hits. One out later, Mike Napoli walked to load the bases and Rivera cleared them with a double over the head of center fielder Marlon Byrd.
Lilly (2-6) labored through a 35-pitch first inning. After allowing Abreu's third hit in the fifth, he was tagged for a two-run shot by Hunter. His 12th home run of the season and second in two games made it 6-0.
Hunter is hitting .354 in June.
Lilly allowed a season-high eight runs, six earned, and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out seven and walked three.
In his previous five starts, Lilly gave up a combined six earned runs. But in his last six starts, the Cubs have totaled seven runs.
Scot Shields finished up for the Angels with two scoreless innings and had his first at-bat since 2006. He struck out looking on three pitches.
Kendrick, batting leadoff for the third straight game after doing so only one other time in his career, chased Lilly with an RBI single in the sixth. After retiring his first batter, Cubs reliever Jeff Stevens allowed an RBI single to Abreu.
Bobby Wilson moved to third on Weaver's single in the seventh and scored on Kendrick's single.
Wilson led off the ninth with a double and scored on Brandon Wood's single off Bob Howry. Robb Quinlan then hit a grounder to shortstop Starlin Castro, who overthrew Mike Fontenot at second for the second Cubs error of the game. Wood ended up scoring on the overthrow.
Frandsen piled on another run with an RBI double that made it 12-0.
NOTES: Angels SS Erick Aybar missed his fourth straight game with a hyperextended left knee. Aybar was hitting .382 in June before the injury. He will be re-evaluated Monday when the club gets back to California. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he doesn't foresee Aybar going on the disabled list. ... The Cubs signed their first-round draft pick, RHP Hayden Simpson, who was selected 16th overall out of Southern Arkansas University. ... Kendrick is hitting .311 in June after batting .239 in May.