ARLINGTON http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , Texas (AP) — straight early deficits. And now two straight wins for the rebuilding Texas Rangers against the World Series-or-bust Chicago Cubs.Joey Gallo scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Rangers outscored the Cubs 11-10 on Sunday after falling behind Cole Hamels much the same way they did against Yu Darvish a day earlier.With one out and Chicago playing five infielders, Gallo raced home from third base when Pedro Strop’s pitch to Nomar Mazara bounced past catcher Willson Contreras and high onto the net behind home plate to give the Rangers a series win after the Cubs’ 12-4 victory on opening day.“There’s like a belief already in three games,” first-year Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “Incredible for me to watch because I’m just hearing it, I’m feeling it and then it’s showing up obviously in the results.”Jose Leclerc (1-0) stopped a Chicago rally in the eighth and got the last four outs for Texas. Strop (0-1) allowed Gallo’s leadoff double in the ninth, a high drive just over leaping left fielder Ben Zobrist at the wall. Pinch-hitter Shin-Soo Choo’s groundout moved Gallo up.Hamels couldn’t hold a 4-0 lead, allowing Delino DeShields‘ first career grand slam for a 5-4 deficit a day after Darvish took the mound for Chicago up 3-0 before walking seven of his first 13 hitters and failing to get through the third inning.The Japanese star who spent his first five-plus major league seasons with the Rangers was long gone by the time the Cubs finally lost the lead on Gallo’s three-run homer in the eighth inning of an 8-6 Texas win.“We know how tough and how good of a pitcher they are,” said Elvis Andrus, the longest-tenured Rangers player now in his 11th season. “So for us to stick to a plan and just believe that something good’s going to happen, regardless of if we’re down.”Chicago answered DeShields’ slam with a barrage of run-scoring singles before reliever Mike Montgomery gave up a tying, two-run triple to Mazara and Asdrubal Cabrera’s second two-run homer in two days, a high fly that grazed the foul pole in left for a 10-8 Texas lead.The Cubs got even again in the eighth on Anthony Rizzo’s first homer , an upper-deck solo shot to right, and Daniel Descalso’s third hit — one of seven RBI singles for the Cubs.Ultimately Justin Smoak Jersey , the Chicago bullpen faltered again. Montgomery didn’t retire any of his three batters a day after Carl Edwards Jr. let all four of his reach, including Gallo’s go-ahead homer. Chicago relievers have given up 11 runs in two games.“We do have to nip this in the bud,” manager Joe Maddon said. “I do anticipate our guys will. There’s a lot of good names down there. Just one guy that had a tough time. Monty’s the guy that was the difference-maker tonight.”Jason Heyward, Zobrist, Rizzo and Javier Baez drove in a run apiece in the sixth inning before Jeff Mathis, celebrating his 36th birthday, homered to get Texas to 8-6.Hamels, acquired from the Rangers before the July 31 trade deadline last year, lost his shutout on Cabrera’s sacrifice fly in the fourth. Consecutive walks from the left-hander set up DeShields’ liner into the first row above the 14-foot wall in left field.“That team’s a tough team,” Hamels said. “They hit the long ball. They’ve done it for years. I’m pretty knowledgeable on what those guys can do, the damage, and you just have to make pitches. We really just need to narrow down, just making sure that we hit our spots.”TEXAS DEBUTLance Lynn lost his only lead in his Texas debut by allowing a double to Descalso and Heyward’s run-scoring hit to start the sixth. Lynn came out after Zobrist’s second RBI single, and Jesse Chavez gave up singles to all three hitters he faced.NIFTY SNAGKyle Schwarber opened the scoring with his second solo homer in two games http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , a shot to left in the second that Cubs reliever Randy Rosario snagged in his cap while sitting in a bullpen chair.UP NEXTCubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks is set for Atlanta’s home opener on Monday. Hendricks, who led the Cubs with a career-high 33 starts last season, is 1-0 with a 2.33 ERA in four appearances against the Braves.Rangers: LHP Drew Smyly is scheduled for his first major league start since September 2016 in his Texas debut at home against Houston on Monday. Smyly, acquired from the Cubs in November, had Tommy John surgery in July 2017. I remember in the days of the Astros.com message board, there would be a monthly thread in which people would enter predictions on record (W-L) and a number of runs scored / allowed. It was a fun..."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Houston Astros NewsGame ThreadsHouston Astros Minor LeaguesAstros Game DayPodcastsCrawfishBoxes Champion: Predict the Astros W-L record in AprilNew,43commentsCDTShareTweetShareShareCrawfishBoxes Champion: Predict the Astros W-L record in AprilErik Williams-USA TODAY SportsI remember in the days of the Astros.com message board, there would be a monthly thread in which people would enter predictions on record (W-L) and a number of runs scored / allowed. It was a fun process, with all of us keeping track through out the month looking at who was most accurate to date. So I figured we could start it here, with each month, the winner being highlighted in the following month’s post.The winner will be determined by the closest on W-L. In the event of a tie on W-L, we will award it to who was closest on Run Differential (you can just put in a +/- Run Differential if you don’t want to spell out runs scored - runs allowed. Technically, we have our first few games in March, but a thread guessing on 4 games wasn’t all that exciting.Normally I’ll spell out a bit of the details of how the teams are performing Aaron Sanchez Jersey , but obviously this is the launch of the season, so we’ll just use projections #’s. RS/G means Runs Scored per Game and RA/G means Runs Allowed per game.Tampa Bay Rays - 4 Games - 84-78 - 5.17 RS/G / 4.98 RA/G Texas Rangers - 3 Games - 72-90 - 5.39 RS/G / 6.00 RA/GOakland A’s - 3 Games - 82-80 - 5.57 RS/G / 5.48 RA/GNY Yankees - 3 Games - 97-65 - 5.98 RS/G / 4.88 RA/GSeattle Mariners - 3 Games - 76-86 - 5.26 RS/G / 5.67 RA/GOakland A’s- 2 Games - 82-80 - 5.57 RS/G / 5.48 RA/GTexas Rangers - 3 Games - 72-90 - 5.39 RS/G / 6.00 RA/GMinnesota Twins - 3 games - 82-80 - 5.61 RS/G / 5.54 RA/GCleveland Indians - 4 Games - 93-69 - 5.61 RS/G / 4.83 RA/GMinnesota Twins - 2 games - 82-80 - 5.61 RS/G / 5.54 RA/GTotals - 30 GamesRangers - 6 GamesA’s - 5 GamesTwins - 5 GamesRays - 4 GamesIndians - 4 GamesYankees - 3 GamesMariners - 3 Games21 Games vs (teams over .500) vs 9 Games vs (teams under .500) - 70% Over .500Overall, this is going to be a tough month, but hopefully the Astros can get off to a strong start to establish their place among the top of the pack. I’ll post an example of guesses below. In addition to just the W-L and Run Differential, put in a fun prediction - these are not counted in the scoring - make them crazy and fun! If you have any recommendations to improve this for next month, please feel free to add them! Predictions must be in before the first pitch of the season! This will be my guesses for April - feel free to use this format: Prediction: 18-12, 175 Runs Scored, 145 Runs Allowed Fun Predictions: Correa is BACK (pun intended), Kemp keeps on Kempin’ - making it harder by the day to not make him a starter, The Astros have 3 starters with an ERA under 3. Gerrit Cole signs an extension.