Feldman rebounds with strong outing to beat Angels

Right-hander allows two runs over six innings in Sunday's win

Feldman rebounds with strong outing to beat Angels

HOUSTON -- The Astros finally won a game that wasn't started by Dallas Keuchel or Collin McHugh.

That's because veteran right-hander Scott Feldman rebounded from a shaky outing earlier in the week to hold the Angels to two runs and six hits in six innings in the Astros' 4-3 win in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

Feldman (1-2) earned his first win since beating Texas last Aug. 30.

"I felt like it was a battle and I still wasn't as crisp as I would like to throw," he said. "I thought I was getting ahead of more guys today and had some trouble putting them away. It seems I wasn't giving up quite as much loud contact as I did last time."

Indeed, Feldman was rocked for eight runs (seven earned) and 10 hits in five innings in Monday's loss to Oakland, but managed to come back nicely and give the Astros his second quality start in three outings this year.

"He threw the ball very well," manager A.J. Hinch said. "I thought as the game went on, he got a little bit stronger and stronger and his best inning was probably his last with pitch quality and efficiency of where he was trying to throw the ball. Early in the game, he had a little difficult time ending at-bats and extended at-bats made his work harder and drove his pitch count up, but as the game progressed he settled into a nice rhythm and executed pitches to get us out of innings and back to the dugout.

"With Scott Feldman, you know what you're going to get more times than not. He keeps a calm demeanor and doesn't panic."

The only runs Feldman gave up came on a two-out, two-run homer in the fourth inning to C.J. Cron when he tried to sneak a 3-2 pitch past him. It tied the game. That was the last Angels batter to reach against Feldman, who sent down the final seven batters he faced.

"I think just really getting four runs of support was huge," he said. "I felt pretty bad about giving up that home run when we scored two runs the inning before. Luckily, I limited the damage and kept them right there, and the guys came back and put up two more."

Entering Sunday, the Astros were 5-0 in games started by Keuchel and McHugh and 0-6 in games started by any other pitcher, including Feldman. He wasn't aware of that until after the game and joked he might have put pressure on himself had he been aware.

"You don't want to be 0 and whatever," he said. "To the average fan, just watching the games, wins [by pitchers] are a big thing. We get an L by our name and it's never a good thing. It's about trying to get those wins for sure."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.