OAKLAND – Yu Darvish surpassed Hideo Nomo as Japan’s single-season, big-league strikeout king, but the Texas right-hander got hammered in an 11-4 Wednesday loss to the Oakland Athletics.
The win moved Oakland into a tie with the Rangers for the American League West lead.
Darvish (12-7) broke Nomo’s record total from 1995 in the bottom of the first, when he struck out Josh Donaldson for his 237th of the season, but after that things quickly went south. Darvish walked the next batter on four pitches before Brandon Moss belted a 1-0 cut fastball over the fence for a 2-0 Athletics lead.
Darvish struck out three more to raise his major league-leading total to 240 before bowing out in the sixth inning, having allowed five runs on five hits and six walks.
“I feel I wasn’t very steady today, either mentally or technically,” said Darvish, who allowed two homers, both coming after walks.
“To issue a walk and give up a home run is not very good. But this is how they hit me. I think it’s the Athletics style of baseball.”
It was Darvish’s fourth start since he earned his 12th win of the season on Aug. 12.
Red Sox 20, Tigers 4
In Boston, one after another, the baseballs cleared the fences at Fenway Park — a franchise record-tying eight home runs in all for the Red Sox.
And David Ortiz led the way.
The Red Sox DH homered twice and he also doubled for his 2,000th career hit in a romp over Detroit.
Rays 3, Angeles 1
In Anaheim, rookie Wil Myers hit two homers off Jered Weaver, and Tampa Bay kept pace in the AL wild-card race.
Indians 6, Orioles 4
In Cleveland, boosted by a good-luck chicken and a pair of RBIs from both Yan Gomes and Ryan Raburn, the Indians beat Baltimore.
Cleveland pitcher Justin Masterson carried a live chicken on to the field for batting practice. The bird, supplied by a clubhouse workers from an area farm, was a gift to reliever Cody Allen.
Yankees 6, White Sox 5
In New York, struggling ace CC Sabathia pitched effectively into the eighth inning before Mariano Rivera earned his first four-out save in more than two years, helping the Yankees hold off Chicago for a three-game sweep.
Ichiro Suzuki was hitless in four at-bats, but scored a run for New York.
Astros 6, Twins 5
In Houston, Trevor Crowe hit an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth that lifted the Astros over Minnesota.
Mariners 6, Royals 4
In Kansas City, Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth for Seattle.