Francona after seven hitless innings and 117 pitches Nick Wittgren Jersey , and watched from the dugout as Toronto’s Freddy Galvis broke up Cleveland’s bid for a combined no-hitter with a leadoff single in the ninth inning of the Indians‘ 4-1 win Thursday night.Bauer was attempting to throw Cleveland’s first no-hitter in 38 years — on the 25th anniversary of Progressive Field’s opening — but was taken out as his pitch count increased.“It was the right decision,” Bauer said.Jon Edwards got two outs in the eighth before closer Brad Hand worked out of a bases-loaded jam. Hand, however, gave up a hard single to center by Galvis. Alen Hansen followed with Toronto’s second hit and the Blue Jays scored before Hand struck out two for his third save.Bauer (1-0) walked six and struck out eight. The Indians haven’t pitched a no-hitter since Len Barker’s perfect game against Toronto in 1981.Aaron Sanchez (1-1) took the loss. This was the third time this season the Blue Jays were held hitless into the seventh inning.RANGERS 11, ANGELS 4ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Joey Gallo hit a three-run homer and Ronald Guzman added a two-run shot in the first inning, and Texas extended its strong start.Shin-Soo Choo got credit for a three-run double in the fifth when Brian Goodwin badly misplayed his short hit to left with the bases loaded, and the Rangers ruined the Angels‘ home opener while cruising to their fifth win in seven games.Mike Trout homered and threw out a runner at home for the Angels, who have lost five straight to drop to an AL-worst 1-6. New manager Brad Ausmus’ Halos are off to the franchise’s worst start since the 1961 expansion club began 1-8.Kole Calhoun hit the first leadoff homer in a home opener in franchise history for the Angels, but they were already trailing 5-0 before Calhoun got to the plate.Matt Harvey (0-1) had a dismal debut at Angel Stadium, giving up 10 hits and eight runs while getting chased before he recorded an out in the fifth.Jeffrey Springs (1-0) pitched 2 1/3 innings of one-run relief.ATHLETICS 7, RED SOX 3OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Center fielder Ramon Laureano threw out another Red Sox runner in a key spot, and the Oakland Athletics kept Boston stumbling.Laureano tossed out three runners as the A’s took three of four in the series. Stephen Piscotty went 4 for 4 with a home run, double and five RBIs to help Oakland win for the fifth time in six games.The Red Sox fell to 2-6, the worst start for a defending World Series champion since the stripped-down Marlins struggled in 1998. J.D. Martinez homered for Boston.Brett Anderson (2-0) gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings. Piscotty hit a three-run homer off Eduardo Rodriguez (0-2).BRAVES 9, CUBS 4ATLANTA (AP) — Max Fried took a perfect game into the sixth inning Julio Urias Jersey , Nick Markakis drive in five runs with five hits that included three doubles and the Atlanta Braves beat Yu Darvish and the Cubs for a three-game sweep.Chicago has lost five straight and is 1-5 for the first time since 2012, when it lost 101 games.Fried (1-0), making only his 10th career start and his first this season after two scoreless relief appearances, recorded 17 straight outs to open the game. Mark Zagunis singled up the middle with two outs in the sixth.The three-run double by Markakis was the big hit in Atlanta’s five-run fifth inning that knocked Darvish (0-1) out of the game. Markakis matched his career high for hits and doubles.NATIONALS 4, METS 0NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Strasburg outpitched Noah Syndergaard, rookie Victor Robles homered for Washington’s only hit until the ninth inning and the Nationals blanked the drowsy Mets to spoil New York’s home opener.Wilmer Difo drove in two runs, and Washington’s struggling bullpen shined after Strasburg (1-0) struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings. Matched against Syndergaard (0-1) for the second time in six days, Strasburg took a one-hitter into the seventh.Following a 5-1 trip to start the season, the Mets got back to New York after 2 a.m. in the wake of a 6-4 victory in Miami. About 11 hours later, they were on the field again — and their offense looked a little sleepy.YANKEES 8, ORIOLES 4BALTIMORE (AP) — Gleyber Torres homered twice, had a career-high four hits and drove in four runs, and the New York Yankees ruined Baltimore’s home opener.Gary Sanchez and Luke Voit also homered for the Yankees, who beat Baltimore in their own season opener last week.Torres’ first home run of the season got New York within 3-1 in the third inning, and his three-run drive in the sixth off reliever Mike Wright (0-1) put the Yankees up 5-4. Torres also doubled.James Paxton (1-1) struck out nine and allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings to win his first game with New York being traded from Seattle in November.PIRATES 2, REDS 0PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jordan Lyles pitched five effective innings in his Pittsburgh debut and the Pirates extended Cincinnati’s scoreless streak.A day after the Reds got three hits in a 1-0 loss to Milwaukee, they managed six hits against four Pittsburgh pitchers.Lyles http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-max-muncy-jersey , who played for San Diego and Milwaukee last year, allowed three hits. He was activated from the injured list before the game after being out with discomfort on his right side.Nick Kingham (1-0) pitched two innings. Felipe Vazquez escaped a two-on, one-out jam in the ninth to earn his first save of the season by striking out three.Reds starter Tyler Mahle threw six scoreless innings in his season debut. David Hernandez (0-1) took the loss.TIGERS 5, ROYALS 4DETROIT (AP) — Spencer Turnbull struck out 10 in six innings, and the Detroit Tigers drew four straight walks to start the bottom of the seventh, taking the lead for good against Kansas City.Josh Harrison stole two bases and scored three times for the Tigers in their home opener. It was tied at 3 in the seventh when Kansas City reliever Kyle Zimmer (0-1) walked Harrison, Nicholas Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera in succession. Kevin McCarthy then came on and walked Niko Goodrum on four pitches, forcing in a run.Christin Stewart added a sacrifice fly that inning to make it 5-3. Blaine Hardy (1-0) allowed a solo homer to Alex Gordon in the eighth, his second inning of work. Shane Greene pitched the ninth for his fifth save in five chances.Whit Merrifield singled, tripled and scored twice for the Royals, extending his hitting streak to 26 games dating to last season. HOUSTON — The standard of expectation is so high for the Houston Astros, reigning World Series champions and possessors of the second-best record in baseball, that any unusually poor performance subsequently demands a lengthy explanation from all the involved parties.On Wednesday, the Astros (95-67) closed their season series against the Seattle Mariners with a thud, suffering a 9-0 loss that matched their largest defeat by margin on the season. Houston suffered a pair of nine-run setbacks in the span of six days in late July and are a robust 35-8 in blowouts (games decided by five or more runs) this season. Yet, with a postseason berth nearly clinched and the hard-charging Oakland Athletics in dogged pursuit for the American League West title and the No. 2 seed in the playoff picture, the timing of the performance troubled.“September baseball Chris Taylor Jersey ,” said Astros manager A.J. Hinch, whose club is 13-4 this month. “I know that’s kind of a thing this year where everybody is using a lot of pitchers. It’s a lot easier to do it in September. It’s a challenge. It’s no different than when you run into a spot starter, you run into a game where they can utilize their whole bullpen depending on their schedule.”Article continues below ...Right-hander Gerrit Cole (14-5, 2.88 ERA) will start on eight days of rest on Friday when the Astros host the Los Angeles Angels for their final series of the regular season at Minute Maid Park. Cole was slated to start on Tuesday against the Mariners but was pushed back in deference to additional rest for the stretch run. He has allowed two runs in each of his last three starts and is 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA this month. Cole has faced the Angels three times in 2018, going 1-1 with a 3.57 ERA. He is 2-1 with a 3.52 ERA over five career starts against the Angels.Left-hander Andrew Heaney (9-9, 3.97 ERA) gets the starting nod for the Angels. He faced the Astros in consecutive starts to close August, twirling six shutout innings with six strikeouts in a 5-2 victory at Minute Maid Park on Aug. 30 after surrendering five runs on eight hits and one walk over six innings in a 9-3 loss six days earlier at Angel Stadium. Heaney is 3-1 with a 2.42 ERA over four starts against the Astros this season and 3-1 with a 1.95 ERA against Houston over six career starts.The Angels (75-78) suffered the worst loss in franchise history on Thursday, falling to the Athletics 21-3 and enabling Oakland to close to within 3 1/2 games of the Astros in the division. They have dropped five of seven games after winning seven of nine to climb back to .500.The lone interesting footnote for the Angels from their blowout loss to Oakland: Francisco Arcia became the first player in league history to catch, pitch, and homer in the same game. Arcia, who started the afternoon behind the plate, allowed three runs on four hits while pitching the seventh and eighth innings. He then slugged a solo home run, his sixth home run on the season, with two outs in the ninth inning off Athletics right-hander Chris Hatcher.