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Astros belt five home runs; Feldman stops Angels

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HOUSTON -- 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 against 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 home runs. 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.

"We had some good swings on some pitches and the ball went out of the park," Presley said. "We had seven hits and five were home runs. That's a pretty good percentage. It's something you don't see every day, and we took advantage of it."

Weaver allowed five runs and five hits with six strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. It was the third time that he had allowed four home runs in a game and the first since Aug. 2, 2008, against the New York Yankees.

"I made a couple of mistakes and they did not miss them, obviously," Weaver said. "You know you are going to have games like that, but it is frustrating personally to start the year off like this. I have a bunch more to go, so I am just going to shake this one off and start thinking about who we've got next."

Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said he thought Weaver struggled with his command at times.

"He threw some good pitches and located some good fastballs," Scioscia said. "As the game went on, his changeup became part of what he was doing and had some success with it. But, just from the get-go he was having problem with commanding counts and repeating pitches, and he got behind."

Raul Ibanez cut Houston's lead to 7-3 with a two-run single in the ninth against Anthony Bass, and Howie Kendrick followed with another base hit. Qualls got Hank Conger to fly out before Aybar had a run-scoring single. Qualls then struck out Kole Calhoun to end it.

Houston's five home runs was its highest total since it hit five at the Chicago White Sox last Aug. 26.

Notes

Houston OF Dexter Fowler was out of the lineup for a third straight game due to a stomach virus. Fowler spent Friday night at Methodist Hospital and was released Saturday. Porter said Fowler was at home resting. ... Castro returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games with a bruise on his right foot. ... A Haunted House 2 star Marlon Wayans threw out the first pitch. ... The Astros will send RHP Jarred Cosart (1-0) to the mound in the finale of the four-game series Monday against LHP C.J. Wilson (0-1) for the Angels.

 
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Jonathan Villar connects for a two-run homer, one of Houston's five long balls in a victory over the Angels. (USATSI)
Jonathan Villar connects for a two-run homer, one of Houston's five long balls in a victory over the Angels. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

R. Ibanez
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Houston

J. Villar
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kole Calhoun, RF5000015 .160
Mike Trout, CF4000000 .304
Albert Pujols, 1B4110000 .200
Josh Hamilton, LF4120000 .500
David Freese, 3B4000003 .182
Raul Ibanez, DH3112110 .211
Howie Kendrick, 2B3120001 .261
Hank Conger, C4010004 .375
Erick Aybar, SS3012100 .238
Jered Weaver, P0000000 .000
   Matt Shoemaker, P0000000 .000
Totals3448422  
Batting
2B - Josh Hamilton (2, Bass)
RBI - Raul Ibanez 2 (4), Erick Aybar 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Erick Aybar (2)
SB - Howie Kendrick 2 (2, 2nd base off Feldman/Castro)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Jered Weaver (1, Throwing)
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jered Weaver (L,0-2) 5.2555064 6.00
Matt Shoemaker 2.1222011 3.86
HBP - Villar (by Jered Weaver)
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 100-62, Matt Shoemaker 26-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 5-6, Matt Shoemaker 3-3
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 23, Matt Shoemaker 9
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jonathan Villar, SS3212000 .294
Robbie Grossman, LF4000031 .091
Jason Castro, C4112010 .167
Jose Altuve, 2B4000000 .300
Jesus Guzman, 1B4121010 .250
Marc Krauss, DH3000011 .000
Matt Dominguez, 3B3111000 .111
Alex Presley, CF3111000 .200
L.J. Hoes, RF3110010 .375
Scott Feldman, P0000000 .000
   Anthony Bass, P0000000 .000
   Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
Totals3177707  
Batting
HR - Jonathan Villar (1, Shoemaker), Jason Castro (1, Jer. Weaver), Jesus Guzman (2, Jer. Weaver), Matt Dominguez (2, Jer. Weaver), Alex Presley (1, Jer. Weaver)
RBI - Jonathan Villar 2 (2), Jason Castro 2 (3), Jesus Guzman (3), Matt Dominguez (2), Alex Presley (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jonathan Villar 2 (2)
SB - Jonathan Villar (2, 2nd base off Jer. Weaver/Conger)
Team LOB - 1
Fielding
DP - Villar-Altuve
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Feldman (W,2-0) 7311210 0.66
Anthony Bass 1.1433000 7.36
Chad Qualls (S,1) 0.2100010 6.75
HBP - Kendrick (by Scott Feldman)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 106-66, Anthony Bass 30-18, Chad Qualls 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 12-7
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 26, Anthony Bass 8, Chad Qualls 3
Game Information
Attendance - 14786
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Pat Hoberg, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Eric Cooper