ARLINGTON, TEXAS – Yu Darvish threw eight scoreless innings on Saturday to earn his eighth win as the Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 5-0.
Darvish (8-4), who had lost his previous two starts, gave up four hits, three over the first two innings, while walking one and striking out 10 to outduel Phil Hughes (8-4) and earn his first career victory over the Twins. Darvish left after throwing 110 pitches and his team ahead 2-0.
The Rangers broke the game open in the bottom of the eighth and lefty Neal Cotts retired the side in order to close it out in the ninth.
With superb command of his cut fastball and his varied arsenal of breaking pitches Darvish took charge of the game after getting out of a second-inning jam. Two singles and a wild pitch put two Twins in scoring position with two outs, but Darvish escaped unscathed with a fly out to center.
“With that kind of control with my cutter and the breaking balls on top of that, I figured it would be tough on left-handed hitters,” said Darvish.
Red Sox 2, Yankees 1
In New York, Mike Napoli stunned Masahiro Tanaka by hitting a solo home run with two outs in the ninth to lift Jon Lester and Boston over the Yankees.
Napoli had struck out in his previous two at-bats before lining an opposite-field drive into the first row of the seats in right.
Lester (9-7) held the Yankees hitless until the sixth. He gave up an unearned run and five hits in eight innings, striking out six and walking two. Koji Uehara pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances.
Tanaka (11-3) allowed seven hits in a complete game, striking out eight and walking one.
Indians 5, Mariners 0
In Seattle, Cleveland’s Josh Tomlin threw a one-hitter against the Mariners, striking out a career-high 11.
Tomlin (5-5) didn’t walk a batter and only allowed a leadoff single by Kyle Seager in the fifth inning.
White Sox 4, Blue Jays 3
In Toronto, Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer and Chris Sale pitched seven innings for Chicago.
Munenori Kawasaki was 1-for-4 with an RBI for Toronto.
Rays 5, Orioles 4
In Baltimore, Desmond Jennings opened the game with the first of Tampa Bay’s three home runs off Chen Wei-yin as the Rays got an impressive performance from ex-Orioles pitcher Erik Bedard.
Tigers 4, Astros 3
In Houston, Ian Kinsler hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth to rally Detroit past the Astros after Max Scherzer struck out a season-high 13 batters.
Scherzer, last year’s AL Cy Young Award winner, gave up two runs in the first before settling in. He yielded seven hits and one walk in seven innings.
Angels 6, Royals 2
In Kansas City, David Freese drove in three runs and Albert Pujols had two RBIs as Los Angeles beat the Royals after a long rain delay.
Athletics 7, Marlins 6 (14)
In Miami, Josh Donaldson’s two-out RBI single scored the go-ahead run from second base in the 14th to lift Oakland.
Dodgers 9, Cardinals 1
In Los Angeles, Zack Greinke (10-4) became the third NL pitcher to reach double digits in victories and the Dodgers had four RBI doubles during a six-run second inning.
Nationals 3, Cubs 0 (1st)
Nationals 7, Cubs 2 (2nd)
In Chicago, Adam LaRoche and Wilson Ramos homered, and Blake Treinen earned his first major league win as Washington completed a sweep of a day-night doubleheader.
The Nationals tagged Jeff Samardzija (2-7) for six runs over five innings to salvage a four-game series split.
Braves 10, Phillies 3 (1st)
Braves 5, Phillies 1 (2nd)
In Philadelphia, Ryan Doumit homered and Tommy La Stella had two doubles and drove in a pair of runs in the second game to lead Atlanta to a doubleheader sweep of the Phillies.
Justin Upton had two hits and three RBIs in the first game as the Braves were helped by two straight errors by Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard.
Mets 5, Pirates 3
In Pittsburgh, Jonathon Niese extended his streak of solid starts with six gritty innings and rookie Eric Campbell had three hits while subbing for injured star third baseman David Wright.
Brewers 7, Rockies 4
In Milwaukee, Carlos Gomez launched a three-run homer and Matt Garza pitched into the seventh inning for his first win in four starts.
Diamondbacks 3, Padres 1
In San Diego, Miguel Montero hit a two-run homer in the sixth, helping Arizona move out of last place in the NL West.
Reds 7, Giants 3 (11)
In San Francisco, Zack Cozart drove in two runs with a tiebreaking single and surging Cincinnati scored five times with two outs in the 11th inning to beat the Giants.