Feldman, 5 HRs help Astros beat Angels 7-4

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 6, 2014 at 5:51 pm •  Published: April 6, 2014
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HOUSTON (AP) — This is exactly what the Houston Astros were looking for when they signed Scott Feldman over the winter.

Feldman tossed seven innings of one-run ball, and the Astros stopped a three-game losing streak with a 7-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.

"I just tried to go out and make my pitches," Feldman said. "The guys went out and got some early runs for me again. From there, just trying to throw strikes and not walk many guys."

Feldman (2-0), who signed a $30 million, three-year contract in December, allowed three hits and walked two in his second start of the season. He also pitched 6 2-3 scoreless innings in a victory over the New York Yankees on opening day.

He became one of four pitchers in Astros history to go at least 6 2-3 innings in his first two starts while allowing one run or less, joining Roger Clemens, Robin Roberts and Dean Stone.

"He's been outstanding," Houston manager Bo Porter said. "Again, giving us the start that he did today, obviously, we needed it with the bullpen getting taxed the last couple days. He gave us seven solid innings the way he did today was outstanding."

Chad Qualls got two outs for his first save of the season.

The Astros hit five homers. Jason Castro, Matt Dominguez, Jesus Guzman and Alex Presley connected against Jered Weaver (0-2), and Jonathan Villar added a two-run shot in the seventh off Matt Shoemaker.

Feldman did not allow a hit until Josh Hamilton's two-out dribbler in the fourth went under the glove of the pitcher, who charged at it off the mound. He allowed his first run in 11 1-3 innings this season in the fifth on Erick Aybar's groundout to second that made it 4-1.

Feldman said he did not have great command of his pitches, but his curveball was there throughout the game. Castro, Feldman's batterymate, said the pitcher was helped by early run support.

"Any time we can put some runs up and then shut them out is huge moving forward," Castro said. "It keeps the momentum on our side. We were able to keep putting the pressure on the offense and he just kept doing his job coming out putting up zeroes."

Castro hit a two-run shot off the left-center facade in the first, and Dominguez, Guzman and Presley had solo homers in the second, fourth and fifth, respectively.