Heaney handles Rangers; Nava, Rua homer

Heaney handles Rangers; Nava, Rua homer

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Andrew Heaney held the Rangers to one run through four innings Sunday in the Angels' 5-1 victory at Surprise Stadium.

Ryan Rua hit his first home run of the spring off Heaney in the bottom of the fourth. Rua was 1-for-2 on the afternoon and is 14-for-32 (.438) with six extra-base hits in the Cactus League.

Heaney allowed four hits, walked one and struck out five. He has allowed two runs in nine innings over three Cactus League starts.

"Today felt really good," Heaney said. "Today felt like a normal game during the regular season would. Obviously I only got up to around 60 pitches. I don't know how I would've felt 30 pitches later, but I feel like I have a lot left in the tank. I think that would translate."

Rua's solo shot

Rangers starter Nick Martinez went four innings and allowed three runs, two earned. The Rangers committed five errors while Martinez was on the mound and Ian Desmond, playing center field, lost a fly ball in the sun. Martinez struck out five, tied for the most by a Rangers pitcher this spring.

"I was able to stay locked in when things didn't go my way," Martinez said. "I didn't let up. I kept attacking and going after hitters."

Daniel Nava, looking to be the Angels' primary left fielder, was 1-for-3 with his first home run. Nava is 15-for-29 (.517) on the spring.

Nava's solo blast

Up next for the Angels: Mike Trout is expected to be in the lineup Monday when the Angels travel to Phoenix to play the Brewers at 12:05 p.m. PT at Maryvale Baseball Park. Rotation candidate Nick Tropeano was expected to start for the Angels but was a late scratch due to illness. Cory Rasmus will start in his place. Trout is hitting .355 this spring. Watch live on MLB.TV.

Up next for the Rangers: Left-hander Martin Perez pitches for the Rangers at 3:05 p.m. CT Monday against the Rockies in Surprise. This will be Perez's second Cactus League start. He allowed one run in four innings in his start last Tuesday against the Indians. Watch live on MLB.TV.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.