Almost three months into the 2015 season, the
Taylor Featherston, who entered as a defensive replacement at third base in the top of the ninth, dunked a soft single into shallow right field to give the Angels their fifth walk-off win of the season.
Five Angels relievers — Trevor Gott,
The Astros threatened in the ninth but killed their own rally with poor baserunning.
Preston Tucker singled to lead off the inning and was replaced by pinch-runner
Evan Gattis shot a grounder past third base and into the left-field corner for a hit but slid awkwardly into second, his front leg popping into the air well before he reached the bag.
That gave second baseman
Heaney, acquired from the Dodgers via the Miami Marlins, relied primarily on a 92-mph fastball and sharp slider to stifle an Astros team that racked up 13 runs and 16 hits, seven for extra bases, Tuesday night.
He threw first-pitch strikes to 14 of 23 batters and escaped a first-and-third two-out jam by getting Domingo Santana to fly to right field in the fifth.
His only blemish came in the fifth, when
The Angels scored in the fourth after
McCullers, making his eighth major league start after being recalled from double-A Corpus Christi in May, gave up one run and four hits in six innings, striking out six and walking three.
The Angels put two on with two out in the seventh, but Pujols flied out to the wall in right to end the inning. Robertson hit a one-out single in the eighth and took third on Iannetta’s bloop single, but Astros reliever