Cole fans 11 in Houston debut as Astros beat Rangers 8-2

Must be nice to have a rotation so good that Gerrit Cole is the No. 4 starter.

Cole struck out 11 over seven innings in his Houston debut and the World Series champion Astros rolled to an 8-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday to take three of four from their state rivals in the season-opening series.

Facing the four-man outfield again in the eighth, Gallo singled through the vacant left side of the infield.

You talking about the one that went out of the ballpark Texas manager Jeff Banister said. It was a great job by him beating the shift. I don’t think you can put a fifth outfielder over the fence.

Derek Fisher had a tying RBI triple in the fifth and scored the go-ahead run on George Springer’s sacrifice fly against lefty Mike Minor (0-1), making his Texas debut and first major league start since 2014.

The chances of a third pitching-dominated game are strong given the track records of the two starters.

Fister, a Northern California native who attended Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, has gone 8-8 with a fine 3.28 ERA in 18 career starts against the A’s, including allowing one run in 13 2/3 innings in a pair of wins in his last two starts in Oakland.

Manaea, meanwhile, has never lost to the Rangers at home, going 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA in three starts. He’s 3-2 overall with a 3.98 ERA in seven starts against Texas.

The first two games of the series haven’t resembled most of last year’s 19 matchups, when the winning team scored five or more runs 14 times.

It hasn’t happened yet in the first two games of the 2018 series.

A’s manager Bob Melvin said he believes it’s a matter of time before the offenses pick up. He’s hoping his does so first.

We have not had a good game offensively yet where we put some pressure on the pitching, he insisted. It’s not just one guy. We’re capable of scoring multiple runs and having big Cheap Replica Jerseys innings. We just haven’t done that yet.

The A’s stranded 10 baserunners Tuesday, going 0-for-5 with Cheap Quality Soccer Jerseys runners in scoring position.

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