ARLINGTON, TEXAS – Yu Darvish blew a 4-0 lead on Friday, but gutted it out as the Texas Rangers scored two late runs to hand him the victory in a 6-4 win over the Cleveland Indians.
Darvish (6-2) allowed four runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out eight.
Minutes after Darvish’s teammates handed him a four-run lead in the bottom of the second, Cleveland’s Lonnie Chisenhall went deep in the third for a three-run homer. Asdrubal Cabrera pounded a game-tying solo shot in the fourth, but the Indians could manage no more.
“I’ll tell you what he did do is he kept us in the ball game,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said of Darvish. “When you looked at it earlier, you probably wouldn’t think he’d get that far (the seventh).
“He showed some heart out there.”
The nine hits were the most Darvish has given up this season, while Chisenhall’s homer was the first three-run shot he had allowed since moving to the majors in 2012.
After overpowering the opposition with his fastball for the first two innings, Darvish’s second time through the Indians lineup spelled trouble as the visitors began making solid contact.
“That’s when I began searching for pitches that would be effective,” said Darvish, who made good use of his changeup to retire three left-handed hitters in a row in the fifth on just seven pitches.
Michael Choice bailed out his pitcher with a tiebreaking homer in the seventh. The decisive shot from Choice came after his RBI single in a four-run second.
Rays 4, Mariners 0
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Erik Bedard struck out eight in six innings and Tampa Bay stopped a 10-game losing streak by beating Seattle.
Tigers 6, Red Sox 2
In Detroit, Ian Kinsler and Torii Hunter hit back-to-back homers in the fifth inning and Victor Martinez cleared the fences in the eighth.
Yankees 4, Royals 2
In Kansas City, Chase Whitley pitched seven innings for his first career win, and Brian McCann drove in three runs with a timely double.
The Yankees’ Ichiro Suzuki was 1-for-4.
Kansas City’s Norichika Aoki had a 1-for-4 day at the plate.
Athletics 4, Orioles 3 (11)
In Baltimore, pinch hitter Stephen Vogt singled in the tiebreaking run in the 11th.
Astros 5, Twins 4
In Minneapolis, Dallas Keuchel shut out Minnesota for six innings, George Springer hit his 11th home run and Houston held on to beat the Twins.
Angels 8, White Sox 4
In Anaheim, Kole Calhoun homered and drove in three runs, Albert Pujols also went deep for his 507th career homer as Los Angeles beat Chicago.
Phillies 8, Reds 0
In Cincinnati, Cole Hamels pitched into the eighth inning as he stayed unbeaten against the Reds, and Jimmy Rollins moved closer to Philadelphia’s hit record with a solo homer.
Hamels (2-3) improved to 10-0 in 13 career appearances against the Reds, holding them to three runs or less each time.
Dodgers 7, Rockies 2
In Denver, Dee Gordon tripled twice among his three hits and drove in three runs.
Nationals 6, Padres 0
In San Diego, Tanner Roark pitched three-hit ball for eight innings and struck out a career-high 11, and Anthony Rendon hit a two-run homer for Washington.
Giants 4, Mets 2
In San Francisco, Buster Posey hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth and the Giants won for the eighth time in 10 games.
Cubs 5, Marlins 3 (13)
In Chicago, Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the 13th inning to lift the Cubs to victory.
Pirates 15, Brewers 5
In Pittsburgh, Russell Martin had three hits, including a three-run double during an eight-run sixth inning.
Braves 5, Diamondbacks 2
In Phoenix, Craig Kimbrel got the final four outs to break the Atlanta record for career saves (155) in the Braves’ victory.
INTERLEAGUE Blue Jays 3, Cardinals 1
In Toronto, Jose Bautista and Brett Lawrie each homered, while rookie Marcus Stroman won his second straight start.