OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – Yu Darvish finally got some run support, but failed to earn the win on Monday, when the Texas Rangers came from behind to beat the Oakland Athletics 4-3.
Darvish, who entered the game with a 1-6 career record and a six-game losing skid against Oakland, had yet to throw a pitch this season with a Rangers’ run on the scoreboard behind him. That changed on Monday, but Darvish’s luck against Oakland did not, as he allowed three runs in six innings and left the mound with the game tied 3-3. He gave up eight hits and walked four, while striking out six.
“I’m kind of surprised I was able to pitch through the sixth inning,” he said after a 116-pitch outing. “After the third, I told Wash that no matter the pitch count I was going to pitch through six innings.”
Texas broke the tie at O.co Coliseum in the eighth, when Kevin Kouzmanoff doubled off lefty reliever Sean Doolittle (0-1) to open the inning and scored from third on Donnie Murphy’s one-out RBI single.
Darvish went to the mound with a run on the board for the first time this season following Choo Shin-soo’s leadoff homer off A’s right-hander Dan Strailly in the first inning.
The Rangers right-hander overcame a leadoff single and a stolen base in the bottom of the first to Coco Crisp, but blew the lead on his first pitch in the second, when Brandon Moss pulled a high fastball into the seats down the right-field corner to tie it. The homer was Moss’ fourth career shot off Darvish.
Darvish hasn’t beaten Oakland since May 16, 2012. Darvish is 0-6 in his last seven starts against the A’s. He saw the end of his streak of eight straight outings allowing two or fewer runs, dating to last season.
Astros 7, Mariners 2
In Seattle, Matt Dominguez homered and drove in three runs, Dallas Keuchel struck out a season-high eight and Houston broke a seven-game skid with a win over the Mariners, who have lost seven straight.
Orioles 7, Red Sox 6
In Boston, Clay Buchholz allowed six runs in the third inning, and Baltimore held on to beat the Red Sox in the annual Patriots’ Day morning game at Fenway Park, a year after the Boston Marathon bombings.
Trailing by two runs, Boston loaded the bases in the ninth. Mike Napoli hit an RBI groundout before Tommy Hunter, Baltimore’s fifth reliever, retired Mike Carp on a game-ending grounder for his fifth save.
Indians 4, Royals 3
In Cleveland, Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley hit two-run homers, powering the Indians over the Royals when a fearless squirrel ran around Progressive Field and provided some extra entertainment.
Kansas City’s Norichika Aoki was hitless in four at-bats.
White Sox 3, Tigers 1
In Detroit, Jose Abreu and Dayan Viciedo hit RBI doubles in the seventh inning, and Chicago rallied for a victory over the Tigers.
Angels 4, Nationals 2
In Washington, Raul Ibanez delivered a tiebreaking three-run double as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning.
Phillies 7, Dodgers 0
In Los Angeles, Cliff Lee scattered four hits over eight innings, struck out 10 and retired 21 of his last 22 batters to lead Philadelphia to a whitewashing of the Dodgers.
Pirates 6, Reds 5
In Pittsburgh, Ike Davis became the first player to hit grand slams for different teams in the same April, and Neil Walker had a game-winning single with two outs in the ninth as the Pirates twice overcame deficits to beat Cincinnati.
Braves 4, Marlins 2 (10)
In Atlanta, Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer in the 10th, leading the Braves past Miami.
Mets 2, Cardinals 0
In New York, Jenrry Mejia pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning and David Wright delivered another key hit in a win over St. Louis.
Brewers 4, Padres 3
In Milwaukee, Aramis Ramirez homered and Ryan Braun drove in two runs as the hosts edged San Diego.
Rockies 8, Giants 2
In Denver, Charlie Blackmon hit two homers and Jorge De La Rosa threw five efficient innings, lifting Colorado to a victory over San Francisco.
Cubs 5, Diamondbacks 1
In Chicago, Travis Wood (1-2) hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs while also delivering seven strong innings as he bested Bronson Arroyo.