By Pete Zarustica
Before this week, the Los Angeles Angels hadn’t hosted the Cincinnati Reds at the Big A since 2002. But after the past few games, the Redlegs will certainly be welcome to visit Orange County a lot more often.
Powered by C.J. Cron’s two home runs and a good pitching start by Jered Weaver, the Halos beat the Reds 4-2 for their fourth straight win, and second in a row over the team from the Ohio River.
Cron hit a two-run homer in the first and followed it with a solo shot in the third for an early 3-0 lead. That was just enough for Weaver (9-11), who worked 6.1 innings, giving up two runs on eight hits. He struck out five batters and walked none.
“He just had his timing kind of pick up where he left off, before his injury,” manager Mike Scioscia said of Cron, who sat out several weeks due to a fractured right hand. “It’s good to see him in rhythm. He’s an important part of our lineup that was missing for a while.”
Cron now has 14 home runs and 58 RBIs. He is batting .288.
The Reds closed the gap with a two-run homer in the seventh by Eugenio Suarez. The fourth Angel run was driven in by Andrelton Simmons with a single in the eighth.
Tuesday’s win was the Halos’ sixth win in eight games and lifted them into sole possession of fourth place in the American League West at 58-74, one game ahead of the Oakland A’s.
Mike Trout and Cron had stellar games at the plate. Trout went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Cron was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Andrelton Simmons also shone with three hits and one run batted in.
The Angels will close out their three-game homestand Wednesday with Ricky Nolasco (4-12) taking the mound for the Halos.