In­di­ans miss no-hit­ter in 5-1 win vs. Astros

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Cleve­land pitch­ers came within two outs of pro­duc­ing a no-hit­ter at Hous­ton on Thurs­day, and had to set­tle for a 5-1 win against the Astros.

Set up by starter Trevor Bauer, the In­di­ans pitch­ing staff looked like achiev­ing the rare feat un­til Jed Lowrie hit a home run with one out in the ninth in­ning.

Else­where, Alex Ro­driguez hit his first home run since a year­long dop­ing sus­pen­sion but it was not enough for the New York Yan­kees, who were beaten at home by Toronto, while Detroit set a mod­ern Amer­i­can League record for score­less innings to start a sea­son, en route to an­other com­fort­able win against Min­nesota.

Cleve­land starter Bauer was re­placed af­ter throw­ing 111 pitches through six innings. He struck out a ca­reer-high 11.

Re­liev­ers Kyle Crock­ett and Scott Atchi­son each pitched a score­less in­ning be­fore Nick Ha­gadone took over. Ha­gadone struck out the first bat­ter to begin the ninth but Lowrie then sent a fast­ball far over the left-cen­ter field wall for Hous­ton’s only hit.

The In­di­ans have not had a no­hit­ter since Len Baker threw a per­fect game in 1981 against Toronto.

Roberto Perez and Jose Ramirez home­red for Cleve­land.

In a rainy night in New York, Ro­driguez took the head­lines but the Blue Jays took the game, beat­ing the Yan­kees 6-3.

Ro­driguez led off the sixth with a drive into the left- field seats for his 655th ca­reer homer and first since 2013. The three­time MVP ranks fifth on the ca­reer list.

Toronto’s ec­cen­tric rookie pitcher Daniel Nor­ris claimed his first win in the ma­jors, Ed­win En­car­na­cion home­red and the Blue Jays got RBI sin­gles from Jose Reyes and Kevin Pil­lar in a four-run sec­ond in­ning.

Detroit pitch­ers ex­tended their run of score­less innings to 24 be- fore let­ting in a run in the sev­enth in­ning as the Tigers beat Min­nesota 7-1.

Detroit broke the AL mark of 22 score­less innings to start a sea­son set by the 1947 Chicago White Sox, STATS said. The long­est such streak in the ma­jors since 1912 is 32 innings by the 1963 St. Louis Car­di­nals.

Tigers’ starter Shane Greene gave up the run that ended the streak but pitched strong, giv­ing up only one run in eight innings while strik­ing out five.

Min­nesota’s 24-in­ning scor­ing drought was the fran­chise’s worstever start to a sea­son, out­strip­ping 20 score­less frames in 1940 when they played as the Wash­ing­ton Sen­a­tors.

New York Mets’ pitcher Matt Har­vey made a dy­namic re­turn from Tommy John el­bow surgery, pro­duc­ing nine strike­outs as he steered the vis­i­tors to a 6-3 win at Wash­ing­ton.

Har­vey pitched six score­less innings in his first ap­pear­ance for 20 months, and his fast­ball was work- ing so well that he struck out Bryce Harper three times swing­ing.

Op­pos­ing pitcher Stephen Stras­burg al­lowed six runs in 5 1-3 innings, in­clud­ing four in the third in­ning when the Mets sent their en­tire bat­ting or­der to the plate.

San Fran­cisco’s Justin Maxwell came up with the win­ning sin­gle with two outs in the 12th in­ning, giv­ing the Gi­ants a 1-0 win and spoil­ing the home opener for bigspend­ing San Diego.

The lone run was off Nick Vin­cent (0-1) con­sisted of an er­ror, an in­ten­tional walk and Maxwell’s sin­gle.

Bran­don Craw­ford reached first base with one out when backpedal­ing short­stop Clint Barmes dropped a pop-up. With two outs, Gre­gor Blanco was in­ten­tion­ally walked be­fore Maxwell sin­gled up the mid­dle off Nick Vin­cent.

Kansas City’s Edin­son Volquez daz­zled for eight innings in his Roy­als de­but as the hosts beat the Chicago White Sox 4-1 to com­plete a sea­son-open­ing sweep for the reign­ing Amer­i­can League cham­pi­ons.

Texas’ Shin- Soo Choo hit a three-run homer and Mitch More­land added a two-run blast as Texas’ dor­mant bats awoke in a 10-1 win against Oak­land.

Cincin­nati slug­ger Joey Votto showed what the team missed dur­ing his in­jury ab­sence late last sea­son as he hit a homer to help the Reds edge Pitts­burgh 3-2 and also com­plete a sweep to open the sea­son.

Bos­ton’s Xan­der Bo­gaerts had three hits and three RBIs to lead the Red Sox to a 6-2 win at Philadel­phia.

(Right) Kansas City Roy­als’ Mike Mous­takas puts down a sac­ri­fice bunt dur­ing the first in­ning of a base­ball game against the Chicago White Sox at Kauff­man Sta­dium in Kansas City, Mis­souri on Thurs­day.

AP

(Above) Min­nesota Twins cen­ter fielder Jor­dan Schafer, left, short­stop Danny San­tana, cen­ter, and sec­ond base­man Brian Dozier #2 chase the blooper hit by Detroit Tigers’ An­thony Gose into cen­ter­field dur­ing the first in­ning of a base­ball game in Detroit on Thurs­day, April 9.

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