(HOUSTON) — The Houston Astros entered the American League with a bang.
Rick Ankiel crushed a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to lead the Astros to an 8-2, season-opening victory over the Texas Rangers.
“To come out with a win is perfect,” Astros designated hitter Carlos Pena said. “To be part of it is really cool. To play our rivals here in Texas and to come out on top today, it’s a treat.”
The game marked the first for the Astros as a member of the American League. It was also the first career win for manager Bo Porter.
Bud Norris allowed five hits and two runs with five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings for the Astros (1-0). He was one of five Astros making their first Opening Day start on baseball’s second-youngest team.
The Rangers (0-1) snapped a streak of four straight Opening Day victories.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN