Weaver outpitches Seattle's Hernandez for fifth win

SEATTLE (AP) -- Jered Weaver is used to being misidentified as
his brother even if he looked nothing like his sibling on the

"Don't worry," Jered said after being referred to as Jeff, "I
get that a lot."

Weaver continued his impressive rookie season with a dominating
performance, limiting Seattle to one run in seven innings as the
Los Angeles Angels beat the Mariners 7-1 on Monday night.

Weaver shook off the emotional tug of replacing his brother in
the Los Angeles rotation and improved to 5-0 by outpitching fellow
young standout Felix Hernandez.

Weaver was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on June 30 to take
the roster spot of his brother, who was designated for assignment
after struggling to a 3-10 record in 16 starts for the Angels this

Before Monday's game Jered Weaver talked with his brother, who
planned on watching the game on television.

"Obviously, he's proud of me for getting back up here, but it's
not the kind of circumstances we imagined it was going to happen
in," Weaver said. "But we know this is a very business-oriented
game and things like that happen.

"It's a little saddening for me ... but, like I said, he's not
going to have a problem finding somebody else to go to."

Kendry Morales hit a two-run homer to back Weaver, who is 11-1
this season between Salt Lake and the Angels, his only loss coming
on April 13 against Las Vegas.

Weaver scattered five hits and struck out a career-high nine. He
eclipsed 100 pitches for the first time this season with the
Angels, throwing 73 of his 111 for strikes.

"When he got a lead he knew what to do. He put pitches in good
zones and made them step up to try and beat him, and we were able
to hold it tonight," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's got
great mound presence out there and pitched a terrific game."

Orlando Cabrera of the Angels singled to left in the eighth to
extend his streak of reaching base safely to 60 games. Cabrera has
reached safely in 75 of 79 games.

Hernandez (8-8) was nearly Weaver's equal, but lost for the
second time in his last seven starts. His one mistake came in the
fifth, when Morales hit an 0-1 fastball an estimated 407 feet into
the seats in right. Juan Rivera walked with one out and scored on
the homer.

"The home run ball was a good pitch," said Hernandez, who
struck out six in his 6 2/3 innings. "You can't control more than
that. I got the pitch where I wanted it."

Rivera scored the Angels' first run in the third when Chone
Figgins singled to right with two outs and Rivera beat Ichiro
Suzuki's throw home after the All-Star outfielder double-clutched.

Rivera scored again in the seventh when Adam Kennedy knocked out
Hernandez, slicing a two-out, two-run single just inside the
left-field line. The bottom third of the Angels batting order --
Rivera, Morales and Kennedy -- went 4-for-8 with five runs scored
against Hernandez

The bottom trio scored two more runs in the ninth when Figgins
hit a two-run single off reliever Emiliano Fruto, scoring Morales
and Kennedy.

Morales tied a career-high with three hits.

"We've talked about trying to create some depth in our lineup
and tonight you saw it," Scioscia said. "It's going to take more
than looking in the middle of our lineup. We need depth."

Seattle got to Weaver in the fifth when Kenji Johjima singled
with one out, and one out later, Yuniesky Betancourt walked on a
3-2 pitch.

Suzuki then lined the first pitch from Weaver to center and
Johjima beat Figgins' throw to the plate.

Jose Lopez led off the sixth with a sharp single to left and
Raul Ibanez then drove a shot deep to left-center that Weaver
thought was gone, but the ball didn't carry and Figgins caught it
on the warning track.

"He looked like his brother, Jeff," Lopez said of Weaver.
"The first time you see him, you don't feel comfortable."

Game notes
The Angels broke a five-game losing streak to Seattle. ...
Seattle starter Joel Pineiro made his first relief appearance since
April 26, 2002, against the Yankees, getting the final out of the
ninth. Manger Mike Hargrove said before the game that Monday was
Pineiro's scheduled day to throw on the side and he may be used out
of the bullpen instead. Pineiro started last Saturday against
Colorado. It was Pineiro's first relief appearance after 128
starts. ... Seattle CF Shin-Soo Choo, called up to take Jeremy
Reed's roster spot, doubled in the third for his second major
league hit.