LAA@HOU: Weaver throws six frames of two-run ball

HOUSTON -- Jered Weaver threw six pain-free innings Saturday, enough to earn his 10th win of the season, and join Chuck Finley and Nolan Ryan as the only Angels to record double-digit wins in eight seasons.

He joins Ryan as the only Angels player to accomplish the feat in eight consecutive seasons and is one of only five pitchers in the American League since 1910 to win 10 games in each of his first eight seasons.

"I don't know if Weave had his best stuff and I don't know if his fastball command was as sharp as we've seen, but he battled through six innings," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He needed a lot of pitches to get to that point of the game, but definitely kept us in it and got a win."

Weaver kept Astros hitters off-balance throughout, striking out five to give him 1,234 in his career and move him into fourth place all-time in Angels history, behind Ryan, Finley and Mike Witt.

"It was pretty good for the most part," he said of his off-speed pitches. "Location was all right. I kind of got a little erratic at times, falling behind, just wasn't able to repeat my pitches that I normally do. But I was able to make some pitches to be able to get out of some situations."

Weaver threw 108 pitches over his six frames, but said he still had something left in the tank.

"I felt good," he said. "It was one of those times where you get up to 110 pitches and still feel like you can go out there. But at this point in the season, there's really no reason to go out there and push it.

"We're pretty comfortable with those guys down in the bullpen. The way they've been throwing the ball lately is very comforting. I was very excited to hand the ball over to those guys and let them do the rest."

Michael Kohn, Dane De La Rosa, and Juan Gutierrez each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Romine proves adept in move from short to third base

LAA@HOU: Romine makes a great diving grab in sixth

HOUSTON -- Andrew Romine appears to be settling in at third base after being recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Aug. 21.

Romine came up with the defensive play of the game in Saturday's 6-2 win, robbing Astros catcher Carlos Corporan of a base hit in the sixth inning by making a diving catch with his back to the infield.

"You're not going to find many third basemen can make that play," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Romy's a shortstop, so obviously he has the range to be able to do something special like that. It was an incredible catch."

Angels starter Jered Weaver was hard-pressed to remember a more remarkable play.

"I don't think you're going to see much better than that, that's for sure," he said.

Romine has played in 11 games at third base, 17 at shortstop and four at second bsae, and is getting the job done at the plate as well. Collecting a hit in seven of his last 11 games entering Sunday's finale, Romine also drove in four runs in his last six games.

Getting more comfortable at the plate with each appearance has been the key.

"Getting more at-bats obviously is the No. 1 thing that helps somebody get a little more comfortable in the box," Romine said. "Get some hits under your belt and good swings, and then feel a lot more comfortable at the plate."

Worth noting

• Class A Advanced Inland Empire completed a three-game sweep of the Giants' affiliate with a 3-1 win Saturday to take the California League Championship. It's the first Angels' Cal League title since 1996.

• De La Rosa made his 69th appearance of the season Saturday, which ties Bill Kelso (1967) for the Angels' franchise record for rookie appearances.