Weaver takes loss as Angels beaten again by Beltran, Yankees
NEW YORK (AP) Jered Weaver's fastball was still slow by major league standards. So was his deliberate walk to the dugout when he was pulled in the sixth inning with no chance to win.
Chris Parmelee homered twice in his first start for the Yankees, Carlos Beltran added two more big hits to his huge series and New York's bats broke loose late in a 12-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
''We're getting some leads, but we're just not closing some of these games out,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Mike Trout homered in the ninth inning and had three hits and two RBIs for the Angels. Gregorio Petit hit a two-run shot and Jefry Marte also went deep for Los Angeles, which has dropped 17 of its last 21 at Yankee Stadium.
Trout and Albert Pujols smacked consecutive doubles in the fifth, both with a thud off the padded outfield wall, to give Los Angeles a 5-4 advantage that got away from Weaver (5-5) and an ineffective bullpen.
''Obviously, I haven't fared too well at this stadium over the years,'' Weaver said.
The contrast between Weaver and Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi was stark.
Eovaldi's fastball averages 96.8 mph, second among big league starters to Noah Syndergaard of the New York Mets, according to Fangraphs.com. The 33-year-old Weaver, meanwhile, is down to 83.1 mph - which ranks near knuckleballers Steven Wright and R.A. Dickey among the slowest marks in the majors.
A three-time All-Star who won 20 games in 2012, Weaver has a 5.56 ERA after he was charged with six runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. He relied on his big-breaking curve that ballooned to the plate at 66-69 mph.
''It's really the only pitch that I have to keep guys off balance and keep guys off the heater,'' Weaver said. ''It used to be that I could throw the changeup off the fastball and get some better results and it's just not the case right now.''
The right-hander is trying to regain velocity. He said his health is getting better, but he wishes the same were true of his results.
''Still trying to get the body to where I want it to be, and try to add in strength from there,'' Weaver said.
Anthony Swarzak (1-0) was the winner in his Yankees debut, tossing 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of a shaky Eovaldi. It was the right-hander's first major league victory since August 2014 with Minnesota.
Jacoby Ellsbury homered and scored three times, Brett Gardner had three hits, three runs and two RBIs, and the Yankees extended their home winning streak against the Angels to eight games.
New York, which has won 15 of the past 20 meetings overall, will go for a four-game sweep Thursday night.
Alex Rodriguez had an early RBI single for the Yankees, who tied it at 5 when Parmelee led off the sixth with his first major league home run since June 28 last year for Baltimore.
Weaver was lifted after walking Ellsbury on a close 3-2 pitch with one out. Gardner singled against left-hander Jose Alvarez, and Beltran lined an RBI double for his third go-ahead hit in three nights.
Parmelee, who is 7 for 15 against Weaver, golfed a two-run homer in the seventh off lefty Greg Mahle before Beltran cracked a two-run drive of his own.
Mahle was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake after the game, with a corresponding move coming Thursday.
NOT JUST YET
Tim Lincecum wants another outing in the minors to sharpen up before making his Angels debut, Scioscia said. So the two-time Cy Young Award winner will get his third start at Triple-A on Sunday rather than face the Cleveland Indians. That means Lincecum's first game with Los Angeles could be June 17 or 18 in Oakland, just across the bay from where he starred for the San Francisco Giants. Scioscia said LHP David Huff, who lasted 3 2/3 innings Tuesday and lost his spot start in place of injured Nick Tropeano, is a candidate to pitch Sunday.
Angels RHP Cory Rasmus (groin strain) threw a bullpen Tuesday and is close to coming off the disabled list, Scioscia said. ... SS Andrelton Simmons (left thumb) was scheduled for a day off after playing two rehab games at Class A Inland Empire. ... LHP Tyler Skaggs (Tommy John surgery) tossed five innings Tuesday but will probably have one more outing at extended spring training before beginning a minor league rehab assignment. ''He got a little tired at the end,'' Scioscia said. ... LHP C.J. Wilson (shoulder inflammation) began a throwing program Tuesday with tosses from 70 feet. ''It's still baby steps for C.J.,'' Scioscia said. ... Marte played first base while C.J. Cron got the night off.
Jhoulys Chacin makes his first career start against the Yankees on Thursday night. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 3.73 ERA in five outings with the Angels since he was acquired from Atlanta on May 11. RHP Ivan Nova (4-3, 4.41) goes for New York.