HOUSTON — A day after Yu Darvish came within one out of a perfect game, Alexi Ogando and four Texas relievers shut out the Astros again, combining for a five-hitter in the Rangers’ 4-0 win over Houston on Wednesday.
Lance Berkman doubled in a run for the Rangers a day after they blanked Houston 7-0 behind Darvish’s nearly historic gem.
Ogando (1-0) allowed four hits with a career-high 10 strikeouts in 6.1 innings. The young and inexperienced Astros have struck out 43 times in their first three games.
Robbie Ross, Tanner Scheppers and Michael Kirkman allowed one hit combined in the next 1.2 innings. Closer Joe Nathan struck out the side in the ninth.
Houston starter Philip Humber (0-1) yielded five hits and a run in 5.2 innings in his Astros debut.
Nelson Cruz and A.J. Pierzynski had two hits apiece and drove in a run each for the Rangers.
Indians 3, Blue Jays 2, 11 innings: In Toronto, Mark Reynolds hit a tiebreaking home run in the 11th inning for the Cleveland Indians.
Reynolds drilled a leadoff shot into the second deck off Sergio Santos (0-1), the fifth Blue Jays reliever.
The homer helped the Indians overcome a blown save by Chris Perez, who surrendered a tying shot by Jose Bautista in the ninth.
Cleveland’s Michael Brantley went 4-for-5 with an RBI.
Matt Albers got one out for the win and Joe Smith finished for his first save.
White Sox 5, Royals 2: In Chicago, Adam Dunn homered and the White Sox went deep four times to back a solid start by Jake Peavy.
Tyler Flowers, Dayan Viciedo and Alexi Ramirez also connected, and the White Sox made it two straight wins to start the season after dropping 12 of 18 games to Kansas City a year ago.
The Royals, full of optimism after posting the majors’ best record in spring training, will try to avoid a season-opening sweep Thursday.
Red Sox 7, Yankees 4: In New York, Clay Buchholz chilled the Yankees’ bats, and speedy Jackie Bradley Jr. got his first major league hit for the Red Sox.
Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda became the latest Yankees player to get hurt, leaving in the second inning with a 2-0 deficit, four batters after Shane Victorino’s line drive bruised the middle finger of his pitching hand.
Twins 3, Tigers 2: In Minneapolis, Eduardo Escobar’s two-run double with one out in the ninth inning lifted Minnesota over Detroit.
After Joaquin Benoit issued a leadoff walk to Trevor Plouffe, reliever Phil Coke took over.
Coke got the first out, but Brian Dozier’s single advanced pinch-runner Jamey Carroll to third.
Then Escobar drove the first pitch Coke to the deepest part of the park in front of the bullpens in left-center field.
Rays 8, Orioles 7: In St. Petersburg, Fla., Tampa Bay’s Matt Joyce led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a towering home run against Tommy Hunter.
Shelley Duncan hit a three-run homer and Ben Zobrist had a pair of RBI singles for the Rays.
Chris Davis went 4-for-4 for the Orioles, hitting a three-run homer for the second straight day and driving in four runs.