HOUSTON – Major League Baseball has altered a ruling and given another hit to Yu Darvish’s opponents in last week’s game between the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox that saw him flirt with a no-hitter.
David Ortiz’s popup that dropped in right field in the seventh inning in the game on Friday was originally scored an error on right fielder Alex Rios, breaking a perfect-game bid by Darvish.
But it was overturned Wednesday after a review by MLB, meaning Darvish’s bid for a no-hitter ended in the seventh inning, not the ninth. Ortiz and the Red Sox thought it was a hit and appealed the decision to MLB.
In the game, Darvish held the Red Sox hitless before giving up a two-out single to Ortiz in the ninth inning. The Rangers won 8-0.
Asked about the ruling being altered, Darvish said, “We won the game so whether I gave up one hit or two hits doesn’t really matter. Either is fine with me.”