Three games into their inaugural American League season, the Astros have made history.

That’s not to say the Astros will embrace the standards of futility they set after playing their first 51 seasons in the National League.

Less than 24 hours after Yu Darvish fell one out short of a perfect game against the Astros, Rangers righthander Alexi Ogando and four relievers combined to strike out 15 while pitching a 4-0 shutout Wednesday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

Thus the Astros became the first team of the “live ball era” to strike out at least 15 times and fail to score in consecutive games.

And by striking out 43 times total against Texas, the Astros set a major league record for the most K’s in the first three games of a season. The 1966 Angels struck out 36 times in their first three games.

For the Rangers’ pitchers, their 43 strikeouts in the first three games of the season set an MLB record. Cleveland pitchers struck out 42 in their first three games (one against Washington and two against Boston) to start the 1966 season.

“Just a couple of rough games,” said Astros designated hitter Carlos Pena, who struck out six times in the first three games. “You just leave it at that. They pitched well. We weren’t facing, per se, ‘easy pitchers’ on the mound.

“These guys are good. It’s no secret they have a pretty good pitching staff. Just a couple of rough games. That’s where you leave it.”

The Astros got a taste of the Rangers’ staff in interleague play last season when they struck out 34 times in consecutive games in June. That stretch came after the Astros struck out 40 times in three consecutive games earlier that month, including a perfect game by San Francisco’s Matt Cain. The 40 had been the team “record” (matched also by the 1995 team against San Diego) until this season’s opening series.

“I’m not really worried about it right now,” left fielder Chris Carter said after striking out three times Wednesday while going 0-for-4. “It’s early in the season.