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Weaver finds his groove in California League07/22/2005 1:52 AM ET
By Daren Smith / MLB.com
Jered Weaver is on a roll in the California League.
The former first-round draft pick struck out 10 and allowed just one hit in seven innings on Thursday night as the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes blanked the Inland Empire 66ers, 1-0.
Weaver (4-1) won his fourth straight start, limiting the 66ers to a second-inning double by Wladimir Balentien. The 22-year-old right-hander walked two and retired 16 of the last 17 batters he faced.
Weaver was headed for a no-decision before Rancho Cucamonga scratched out a run in the top of the eighth. Matthew Brown led off with a double against reliever Troy Cate and moved to third on a bunt single by Beh Johnson.
Cate recovered to strike out Baltazar Lopez and retired Devin Day on a forceout, but Brown scored the game's lone run.
Inland Empire starter Chad Fillinger virtually matched Weaver, yielding two hits and fanning nine over seven scoreless innings.
During his winning streak, Weaver has a 1.52 ERA. He has given up just eight hits and four walks while striking out 36 in 23 2/3 innings.
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