- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Astros aren’t panicking about the lack of production from the heart of their lineup.

Still, manager A.J. Hinch admitted it’s not too early for adjustments.

Carlos Carrasco (1-0) struck out 10 while pitching three-hit ball into the seventh inning to help the Cleveland Indians to a 2-0 win over the Astros on Wednesday night.

The Astros had trouble stringing hits together on a night when the first five batters in the lineup went 1 for 19 with 10 strikeouts. Cleanup hitter Evan Gattis was 0 for 4 with four Ks, including two three-pitch strikeouts in his last at-bats.

“You always want the offense to click, but we ran into a couple of good pitchers so far,” Hinch said. “Obviously, adjustments need to be made, and we’re going to score runs.”

The Astros’ 3-4-5 hitters - Luis Valbuena, Gattis and Chris Carter - are now a combined 0 for 21 with nine strikeouts through the first two games.

“The middle of the order, they handled us pretty well,” Hinch said. “When we pile them up in a row, it’s obviously not ideal.”

Carlos Santana and Mike Aviles each homered for Cleveland.

Santana put Cleveland up with his homer in the fourth inning and Aviles added an insurance run with his home run to the Crawford Boxes in left field in the eighth.

Cody Allen pitched a perfect ninth for his first save.

Despite the loss and lack of offense, Hinch said he was happy to see a strong outing from veteran starter Scott Feldman.

Feldman (0-1) yielded five hits and a run in 6 2-3 innings in the loss.

“If we surrender two runs on any given night with our lineup, I think we’ll win most of those games,” Feldman said.

Feldman had allowed two hits - both singles - before Santana’s solo shot landed in the first row of the bleachers in right field with one out in the fourth inning.

Feldman’s regular season debut followed a rough spring where he struggled at times with control.

“Not to say spring training has no meaning, but unless you’re trying to make the team, you want to set yourself up to have a healthy season,” Feldman said. “Once the real games start, I felt confident that I’d be all right.”

Pat Neshek had a tough time in his first game with the Astros, giving up the homer to Aviles followed by a single by Michael Bourn to start the eighth inning. He settled down after that, retiring the next three batters to end the inning.

Carrasco sailed through the next three innings, retiring six straight and nine of the next 10 batters. George Springer doubled with one out in the sixth, but Carrasco struck out Valbuena and Gattis to end the inning.

Carrasco collected his 10th strikeout when he got Carter on an 83 mph curveball that ended the pitcher’s night. Nick Hagadone took over and walked Jason Castro before he was chased when Jed Lowrie got a single on a hard-hit grounder that third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall couldn’t handle.

Marc Rzepczynski came in and Rasmus hit into a double play to allow the Indians to escape the jam.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Indians: RHP Josh Tomlin had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder on Wednesday in Cleveland. Dr. Mark Schickendantz removing inflammation from the AC Joint of Tomlin’s shoulder. His rehabilitation is expected to take three to four months.

Manager Terry Francona said he was glad they got the surgery done early so that Tomlin can help the team at some point this season.

Astros: Houston reliever Josh Fields (groin) threw a simulated game on Wednesday in Florida and could go on a rehabilitation assignment soon. Starter Brad Peacock (hip surgery) is expected to start for Triple-A Fresno on Friday in his first rehabilitation game. Manager A.J. Hinch said that he’ll need several starts with Fresno to build up innings before he returns to Houston.

ASTROS MOVES

OF Alex Presley and RHP Alex White have both cleared waivers and been outrighted to Fresno. Presley could have elected free agency, but chose Wednesday to accept his assignment with the Grizzlies.

UP NEXT Indians: Right-hander Trevor Bauer will start for Cleveland on Thursday after going 1-5 in 12 road starts in 2014. The team failed to provide much run support in those games, scoring just one run in four of the losses and two in the other one.

Astros: Right-hander Asher Wojciechowski will make his major league debut on Thursday. The 26-year-old earned a spot in the rotation by posting a 1.29 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 21 innings this spring.

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