The ASSOCIATED PRESS
HOUSTON – A day after Yu Darvish came within one out of a perfect game, Alexi Ogando and four Texas relievers shut out Houston again, combining for a five-hitter in a 4-0 win Wednesday.
Lance Berkman doubled in a run for the Rangers a day after they blanked the Astros, 7-0, behind Darvish’s nearly historic gem.
Ogando (1-0) allowed four hits with a career-high 10 strikeouts in 61/3 innings.
The young and inexperienced Astros have struck out 43 times in their first three games. It’s the most strikeouts a pitching staff has combined for in the first three games of a season in major league history, and the most since Cleveland fanned 42 in the first three games of the 1966 season.
Robbie Ross, Tanner Scheppers and Michael Kirkman allowed one hit in the next 12/3 innings. Closer Joe Nathan struck out the side in the ninth.
Philip Humber (0-1) allowed a run and five hits over 52/3 innings in his Astros debut.