ARLINGTON, TEXAS – When Yu Darvish walked Oakland’s No. 9 hitter for the second time, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington went to the mound to get his ace.
Darvish was done after 3⅓ innings, his shortest outing in the major leagues coming Monday night in a 4-0 loss to Oakland while A’s starter Sonny Gray threw a three-hitter.
“You call that a short hook?” Washington responded when asked about pulling Darvish that early. “He had (83) pitches in four innings. I don’t call that short. It wasn’t going to get any better. We could save those bullets. That’s all it was.”
Darvish (1-1) allowed four runs and six hits. The right-hander is winless in his last nine home starts, and is 1-7 in nine career games against the A’s.
“Obviously I was disappointed to throw only three-plus innings,” Darvish said through his translator. “But this is something that happens to any pitchers. I just don’t want to dwell on it and do much better on the next outing.”
Darvish made his 66th start for Texas since signing from Japan before the 2012 season. His shortest previous MLB outing had been four innings at Seattle his rookie season, though he went only 1⅓ innings in a start for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in 2006.
Darvish struck out four, but three of those came in the first five batters of the game.
While Darvish was gone early, Gray (4-1) came off the mound and into the Oakland dugout after the eighth inning purposely trying to avoid contact with manager Bob Melvin.
“I normally talk to him, share a laugh, make something up,” Gray said. “I put my head down and he goes, ‘How are you feeling?’ I just yelled ‘Great!” and kept walking. . . . Yeah, I wanted to go back out there.”
The 24-year-old right-hander got to wrap up his first complete game. He allowed only three singles while striking out six, throwing 73 of 108 pitches for strikes in his 16th career start.
Texas got only one runner to third base, when Gray threw two wild pitches in the sixth after Robinson Chirinos singled.
Josh Donaldson had a two-run single in the third, and the A’s made it 4-0 an inning later when Josh Reddick had an RBI triple and came home on Daric Barton’s sacrifice fly.
White Sox 7, Rays 3
In Chicago, Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run homer, and Adam Eaton and Marcus Semien had two-run doubles to lead the White Sox to a comeback win over Tampa Bay.
Angels 6, Indians 3
In Anaheim, Mike Trout had a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth and Raul Ibanez added a two-run triple, leading the hosts to a win over Cleveland.
Brewers 5, Cardinals 3 (12)
In St. Louis, Kris Davis overcame striking out four times earlier in the game and came through with a run-scoring triple in the 12th to lead Milwaukee to a victory over St. Louis.
Davis drove in Jonathan Lucroy, who doubled off Seth Maness (0-2) to start the inning. Mark Reynolds then drove in Davis with a sacrifice fly. Davis, who finished 1-for-6, struck out in the second, fifth, sixth and 10th innings.
The Brewers, who lead the majors with 19 wins, have won four of five and eight of 10.
Rockies 8, Diamondbacks 5
In Phoenix, Troy Tulowitzki homered, had two doubles and drove in three runs to lead big-hitting Colorado to a win over Arizona.
MLB’s best offensive team so far this season, the Rockies roughed up Wade Miley (2-3) for seven extra-base hits in the first six innings, including a pair of homers.
Padres 6, Giants 4
In San Francisco, Rene Rivera hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the fifth to follow his two-run double for a career-high five RBIs, single handedly backing Tyson Ross in San Diego’s victory against the Giants.
Cubs at Reds — ppd.
Garcia joins EDA Rhinos
Taipei — Former All-Star pitcher Freddy Garcia has joined Taiwan’s EDA Rhinos and is set to become the highest-paid player in the local league’s history.
Garcia signed a seven-month contract worth up to $56,000 per month, reportedly topping the amount Manny Ramirez was offered during his three months with the team last year.
The 37-year Garcia was released by the Atlanta Braves last month.