Jered Weaver tries to get himself back into the win column on Wednesday when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim play the rubber match of their three-game series with the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium.
Weaver had won three straight starts and four consecutive decisions before falling to Tampa Bay on Friday, despite a solid outing. He gave up two runs and three hits over seven innings of that one, but fell to 4-3 to go along with a 3.14 ERA.
Since going 0-2 with a 5.79 ERA over his first three starts, the former 20- game winner, who missed time a year ago with an elbow injury, has pitched to a 1.86 ERA over his last six outings. He has also stated that his arm feels 100 percent healthy for the first time since "probably 2008, 2009."
"I think that I can get stronger," Weaver said. "It's just going to take me doing the work and continuing to trust the training staff and the strength staff, and just going out there and trying to get this thing resolved."
One of those shaky starts at the beginning of the year came against Houston, which reached him for five runs in 5 2/3 innings back on April 6. He is 1-1 in two starts against the Astros with a 5.40 ERA.
Houston, meanwhile, will turn to righty Collin McHugh, who has lost his last two decisions following an impressive start to the season. McHugh gave up just one run in winning his first two times out, but is 0-2 in three starts since, while allowing 11 earned runs in 15 2/3 innings of those outings.
McHugh's latest loss came on Friday to the Chicago White Sox, as he surrendered four runs and three hits and walked four batters to fall to 2-2, while raising his ERA to 3.48.
Houston was denied a fourth straight win on Tuesday, as David Freese went 2- for-5 with a season-high four RBI in his return from the disabled list and the Angels rolled, 9-3.
"It feels good to be back," said Freese, who had been sidelined since May 3 with a fracture in the middle finger on his right hand. "It was nice to help the team. I was fired up just being back. It was a productive night."
Tyler Skaggs (4-1) earned the win after allowing one run on five hits over seven innings with six strikeouts.
"I threw a lot of changeups today," said Skaggs. "They came out swinging and I had to mix it up. I just tried to get first pitch strikes."
Scott Feldman (2-2) took the loss, though he didn't receive much help from his defense. Feldman allowed eight runs -- three earned -- on nine hits over four innings of work.
"I felt he had the ball up in the zone," Astros manager Bo Porter said of Feldman's outing. "He didn't have a sharp breaking ball tonight. We had two impact errors that led to runs."
Jose Altuve collected three hits and extended his hitting streak to a career- high 12 games.
The Angels took three of four from the Astros earlier in the season.