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Astros hand Kuroda first loss

AP, Kyodo

The Houston Astros aren’t getting too ahead of themselves after opening the season 2-0.

Still, taking the first series of the year from the New York Yankees is a pretty big deal for a team that has lost 324 games in the last three seasons combined.

“Obviously no one expected us to come in here and win a series from the Yankees and no one really expected much from the Astros period,” starting pitcher Jarred Cosart said. “If we keep playing together like this and keep finding ways to win games, who knows what can happen.”

Dexter Fowler homered and tripled, and Matt Dominguez added a home run late to help the Astros earn a 3-1 victory on Wednesday.

Hiroki Kuroda (0-1) yielded three hits and two runs with five strikeouts in six innings.

“I did what was expected, I kept us in the game,” Kuroda said. “I gave up the extra-base hits when I got behind in the count and left pitches up. I didn’t pitch all that well, but I was able to adjust and move on.

“There’s nothing to do but focus on each game as it comes and go all out.”

Red Sox 6, Orioles 2

In Baltimore, Mike Napoli homered and drove in four runs and John Lackey allowed three hits in six innings as Boston spoiled the Orioles debut of Ubaldo Jimenez.

David Ortiz hit a two-run homer off Jimenez (0-1) and Dustin Pedroia had four hits for the defending World Series champion Red Sox.

Blue Jays 3, Rays 0

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Mark Buehrle allowed four hits over 8⅔ innings and Jose Bautista homered twice for Toronto.

Athletics 6, Indians 1 (1st)

Indians 6, Athletics 4 (2nd)

In Oakland, Scott Kazmir shut out his former team into the eighth inning in his Oakland debut, helping the Athletics beat the Indians in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

In Game 2, Michael Brantley atoned for a rare error by hitting a two-run single in the ninth inning off new Athletics closer Jim Johnson that helped Cleveland salvage a split.

Mariners 8, Angels 2

In Anaheim, James Paxton pitched seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball and Robinson Cano drove in his first run for Seattle, which completed a three-game sweep.

Tigers 2, Royals 1 (10)

In Detroit, Ian Kinsler homered and drove in the winning run with a single in the 10th.

Kansas City’s Norichika Aoki was hitless in four at-bats.

White Sox 7, Twins 6 (11)

In Chicago, Leury Garcia reached on a bunt single in the 11th and came home on a balk and a pair of wild pitches by Samuel Deduno.

INTERLEAGUE

Rangers 4, Phillies 3

In Arlington, Texas, Choo Shin-soo drew a bases-loaded, game-ending walk against Jonathan Papelbon as the Rangers rallied in the ninth for the second night in a row.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Pirates 4, Cubs 3 (16)

In Pittsburgh, in a game that took 5 hours, 55 minutes, pinch hitter Tony Sanchez singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 16th.

Giants 2, Diamondbacks 0

In Phoenix, Tim Hudson allowed three hits while working into the eighth inning in his first start for San Francisco.

Braves 1, Brewers 0

In Milwaukee, Atlanta pitcher Aaron Harang and the Brewers’ Matt Garza had no-hit bids until Chris Johnson homered with two outs in the seventh.

Nationals 5, Mets 1

In New York, Gio Gonzalez homered in his first start for the second straight season and pitched three-hit ball.

Rockies 6, Marlins 5

In Miami, Jordan Pacheco had three hits, and Jordan Lyles won in his Colorado debut as the Rockies held on.

Dodgers 5, Padres 1

In San Diego, Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run double in the first inning and Dan Haren pitched six strong innings.

Reds 1, Cardinals 0

In Cincinnati, Chris Heisey’s pinch-hit single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Reds’ struggling offense past St. Louis following a long rain delay.