Fister haunts former team in Rangers' 5-1 win over Astros

Nomar Mazara right fielder for the Texas Rangers

Doug Fister gave up a run and scattered four hits in five strong innings, and Joey Gallo and Elvis Andrus each had two hits and an RBI as the Texas Rangers defeated the Houston Astros 5-1 on Friday at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, evening the four-game, opening-weekend series at a game apiece. Andrus scored on a wild pitch and the Rangers avoided being shut out in a home opener for the first time since 1992.

Verlander, who threw an economical 90 pitches, allowed the Rangers just two runners to third base over his six innings pitched, both with two outs.

Remember, Astros fans. The regular season is a marathon, not a sprint.

Rangers: Four pitchers started the season on the 10-day disabled list: lefty Martin Perez (recovering from right elbow surgery) and right-handers Tony Barnette (lower back strain), Tim Lincecum (blister on right middle finger) and Ricardo Rodriguez (right biceps tendinitis). "This is probably felt in the last three or four years".

Boog Powell hit a one-out triple off Noe Ramirez (0-1) to start the winning rally.

WHITE SOX 14, ROYALS 7: Matt Davidson became the fourth player in major league history to homer three times on Opening Day, and Chicago went deep six times at Kansas City, Missouri, to spoil the Royals' 50th anniversary celebration. It will also be the first of the Big and Bright Friday Nights at the ballpark.

Rizzo homered into the upper deck in the second inning.

Houston answered with a run in the fifth, a Max Stassi double that drove home Evan Gattis, who had doubled to lead off the inning.

BREWERS 2, PADRES 1: Orlando Arcia singled in Ji-Man Choi with two outs in the 12th inning to lift Milwaukee at San Diego. It's always fun with the Rangers, especially for us pitchers, their lineup has been one of the most potent in baseball the last five, seven years so to start with them, we get a hard task.

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