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By The Associated Press
HOUSTON (AP) — 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 on 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 6 1-3 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 of the 1966 season.
Robbie Ross, Tanner Scheppers and Michael Kirkman allowed one hit in the next 1 2-3 innings. Closer Joe Nathan struck out the side in the ninth.
Philip Humber (0-1) allowed a run and five hits over 5 2-3 innings in his Astros debut.
WHITE SOX 5, ROYALS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Dunn hit one of Chicago’s four homers, leading Jake Peavy and the White Sox to the victory.
Tyler Flowers, Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez also connected, and the White Sox made it two straight wins to start the season after dropping 12 of 18 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.
Peavy (1-0) allowed an earned run and four hits in six innings. Addison Reed worked the ninth for his second save.
Ervin Santana (0-1) pitched six innings in his Kansas City debut and was charged with four runs and five hits.
TWINS 3, TIGERS 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eduardo Escobar’s two-run double with one out in the ninth inning lifted Minnesota to the win.
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. Escobar then drove the next pitch from Coke to the deepest part of the park in front of the bullpens in left-center field.
Both runners scored easily as the rebuilding Twins enjoyed their first on-field celebration of the season. The AL Central champion Tigers began the season without a set closer after Jose Valverde wasn’t brought back.
Anibal Sanchez threw five scoreless innings for Detroit. But after a two-up, two-down save on Monday, Coke (0-1) blew his chance in this one.
Glen Perkins (1-0) needed only 10 pitches in a perfect ninth inning for the victory.