- Associated Press - Saturday, August 30, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - Scott Feldman said he felt terrible warming up in the bullpen before Saturday night’s game against Texas.

Once he got on the mound, he felt a lot better - and it showed.

Feldman pitched a three-hitter for his second major league shutout, leading the Houston Astros to a 2-0 victory over the Rangers.

“That goes to show you, that doesn’t always add up to what you bring out to the game,” Feldman said, referring to his bullpen session.

Feldman (8-10) struck out five and walked one in his fourth career complete game and second this month. He also had one Aug. 3 against Toronto, yielding one run and eight hits in that game.

“I think I’ve been feeling better and better as the season’s gone on, kind of just hope to keep that going the rest of the year,” Feldman said.

The three hits allowed matched a career best for Feldman, who also threw a three-hitter against San Diego on May 1, 2013. His other shutout was Sept. 6, 2013, against the Chicago White Sox.

“That is as good as I’ve seen him pitch,” Houston manager Bo Porter said. “When you look at some of the swings that they were taking - not only out of the zone but in the strike zone - that lets you know just how much the ball was moving, sinking and cutting.”

Held hitless for the first five innings by Robbie Ross Jr., the Astros scored twice in the seventh off reliever Phil Klein (0-2).

Carlos Corporan doubled to put runners at second and third, and Jake Marisnick had an RBI infield single. Corporan scored on Klein’s throwing error to first.

Ross was pulled after five innings and 70 pitches. He was on a strict pitch count after throwing 42 in 2 1-3 innings Thursday for Triple-A Round Rock. The left-hander was recalled Saturday to make a spot start in place of Miles Mikolas, skipped due to shoulder fatigue.

“I felt good,” Ross said. “I felt strong. They told me the pitch count got to me. I told them I would love to go back out there.”

Ross struck out five and walked three. Jose Altuve got Houston’s first hit, a one-out double in the sixth off Klein.

“He was outstanding,” Texas manager Ron Washington said of Ross. “But it was about Robbie Ross, protecting him.”

Feldman retired his first 13 batters before Ryan Rua’s one-out single in the fifth.

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