Jered Weaver goes after his third win of the season this evening when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim resume a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium.
Weaver was brilliant on Monday against Oakland, scattering five hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings to improve to 2-0, while lowering his earned run average to 2.18. He also struck out six, including the 1,000th punchout of his career.
"I've gotten them all in an Angels uniform, so that's pretty cool," said Weaver, who hasn't allowed a run in his two wins. "But I think more importantly, six sets of brothers have done it, so I think that's a little bit more interesting than getting a thousand."
Weaver was alluding to his brother, Jeff, who recorded 1,214 strikeouts in his 11-year career.
Weaver has faced the Orioles six times and is 3-3 with a 3.52 ERA.
Baltimore, meanwhile, will counter with righty Jake Arrieta, who is 1-0 with a 2.66 ERA. Arrieta picked up his second straight no-decision on Monday in Chicago, as he surrendered four runs (two earned) and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings of his team's 10-4 win that saw them score six times in the 10th inning.
"We had a couple errors, a couple miscues on defense and had to face a few more hitters than necessary, but they picked me up and that's what good teams have to do," said Arrieta, who struck out seven. "We're going to make errors on defense just like everybody else in the league, but it speaks highly of our offense being able to put that behind us and really come out and continue to swing the bats well."
Arrieta did not get a decision in his only other start against the Angels.
On Friday Howie Kendrick went 3-for-5 and drove in three runs to carry the Angels to a 6-3 win.
Jerome Williams (1-1) did not survive the third inning in his season debut on Sunday, but rebounded with 6 2/3 quality innings on Friday. The right-hander was charged with three runs on seven hits and helped snap Los Angeles' three- game slide.
Brian Matusz (0-3) lost his 12th straight decision dating back to last June, as he was roughed up for six runs -- four earned -- on eight hits and three walks in five-plus innings. Matusz's defense wasn't much help, committing four errors as Baltimore fell to 5-3 on its current 10-game road trip.
"Brian was better. He left a couple of pitches up in the first inning, but then he settled in," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of his starter.
Nolan Reimold went 3-for-5 and cranked a two-run homer to left-center to chase Williams in the seventh and cut the Orioles' deficit to 6-3.
The Angels were 6-3 versus the O's a year ago after Baltimore won all six games in the 2010 season series.