MLB: Texas 4, Houston 0

April 3, 2013 at 5:32 PM   |   0 comments

HOUSTON, April 3 (UPI) -- Alexi Ogando and four relievers on Wednesday combined for the second consecutive Texas shutout, lifting the Rangers to a 4-0 win over the Houston Astros.

Texas lost the season opener 8-2 to the Astros Sunday but, with Yu Darvish perfect for 8 2/3 innings Tuesday before the Rangers finished off a two-hit 7-0 win, the Rangers allowed only five hits Wednesday.

Ogando (1-0) gave up four hits, walked one and struck out 10 over 6 1/3 innings and was supported by Robbie Ross, Tanner Scheppers, Michael Kirkman and Joe Nathan, who pitched 2 2/3 innings of one-hit relief.

Astros starter Philip Humber (0-1) was nearly as sharp, allowing five hits and walking two in 5 2/3 innings. The Rangers loaded the bases in the sixth with a walk and two singles before Lance Berkman scored the game's first run on a double play.

Texas added three runs in the eighth with Berkman, Nelson Cruz and A.J. Pierzynski getting the RBIs.

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