Mark Trumbo couldn't keep a straight face as he attempted the comparison.

"We have that type of confidence with everybody," the Angels first baseman said.

He didn't let a chuckle slip until he specifically referenced the feeling Jered Weaver's presence gives the rest of the team.

"Jered's obviously proven he's one of the best in baseball so you probably have no choice but to have some confidence with him going out there."

In his return from injury, Weaver began his first start in more than seven weeks with four perfect innings in the Angels' 4-3 win over the Dodgers in front of 39,172 at Angel Stadium on Wednesday.

The Angels have won nine of their last 11, the only exceptions being a pair of losses to the Dodgers in the first two games of a four-game series that ends today.

Weaver allowed just one run in six innings in his first start since the Angels ace broke the tip of his radius April 7 while landing awkwardly on his left elbow diving out of the way of a line drive.

After mowing down the first 12 batters, Weaver had a rocky fifth inning but escaped a bases-loaded jam after giving up just one run.

"When you haven't been out there for a while, you know, you kind of ask yourself `Can I still do this?"'

Weaver said. "As soon as you get that first out, you get that confidence back and just kind of get in a groove from there."

The Opening Day starter struck out seven Dodgers, throwing 57 of his 86 pitches for strikes. Four of the five hits he allowed came in the fifth inning.

Weaver's injury occurred in just his second start of the season. Without their ace, the Angels' pitching staff compiled a 4.44 earned-run average that ranked 24th out of 30 teams entering Wednesday.

If his first four innings were any indication, Weaver figures to significantly aid a pitching staff that was steadily improving prior to his return.

Trumbo, who finished with three RBIs, gave Weaver a 3-1 lead with a two-run home run in the fifth inning. He extended it to 4-1 with a sacrifice fly in the seventh that scored Mike Trout.

Trout's leadoff double in the seventh caused more damage than just on the scoreboard as Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp injured his right hamstring running it down. Kemp pulled himself from the game before the inning was over, unsure of when he'll play again.

"It's not as bad as last year, but when you feel it grabbing you got to take it easy and make sure you take care of it cause it can get worse," said Kemp, who went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts. "Probably about two years ago, I probably would have stayed in the game."