Posted April 03, 2013 on AP on Fox
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 1-3 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 2-3 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 2-3 innings in his Astros debut. Nelson Cruz and A.J. Pierzynski had two hits apiece and drove in a run each for the Rangers. Ogando returned to the rotation this season after spending last year in the bullpen, where he had a career-high 58 relief appearances. He retir...
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