By Pete Zarustica
Jered Weaver’s pitching performances in 2016 have been and down like the Turkish stock market, but he was definitely bullish in Boston on Thursday. He worked 5.2 strong innings, giving up six hits but just one run and gave the Los Angeles Angels the opportunity to pull off an unlikely rally in the bottom of the ninth.
With the bases loaded, Daniel Nava hit a grounder to first. Hanley Ramirez threw to home for what should have been an easy force at home, but the toss sailed high. Not only did Mike Trout score from third, but Ji-Man Choi raced around from second with the winning run.
The walkoff win lifted the Angels record to 46-56, still in fifth place in the American League West. The victory went to Cam Bedrosian, who struck out two batters in the ninth and lowered his ERA to 0.95.
“[Weaver] threw everything but the kitchen sink at them,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He changed speeds. He did what he does best, and I think early on he showed some signs of a good fastball. There was no doubt he was getting a little tired as it went along. He was grinding.”
Boston (55-45) wasted a sterling pitching performance by David Price, who shut out the Halos for eight innings, giving up seven hits while striking out seven batters and walking just one.
Albert Pujols has the best day at the plate for the Orange County team, with two hits. One of them, in the ninth, saw Pujols replaced with Choi as a pinch-runner who ended up scoring the deciding run.
Tim Lincecum (2-4) will make the start for the Angels in Anaheim Friday.