TORONTO – Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish came to the rescue to help snap his team’s eight-game losing streak, matching his season high with 12 strikeouts en route to a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.
Darvish (9-5) allowed one run and scattered five hits in 6⅔ innings. He won for the first time in three starts and put up his sixth 10-strikeout game this season.
“My breaking ball was good so I was able to pitch with a good rhythm,” Darvish said. “We want to come out as a different team for the second half of the season.”
Blue Jays second baseman Munenori Kawasaki went 2-for-4 with an infield single and a double off of Darvish to extend his hitting streak to six games.
“I was fired up. I didn’t get any sleep last night,” said Kawasaki about facing Darvish. “He has become a fantastic pitcher. (For the double) I just relied on my body to react and was able to get the hit.”
Indians 9, Tigers 3
In Detroit, Jason Kipnis hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in a seven-run seventh inning.
Red Sox 5, Royals 4
In Boston, Jonny Gomes hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth after another two-run shot in the inning by Xander Bogaerts.
Koji Uehara earned the save for the Red Sox.
Royals oufielder Norichika Aoki finished 1-for-4.
White Sox 3, Astros 2
In Chicago, slump-ridden Tyler Flowers drove in the go-ahead run with a seventh-inning double.
Rays 6, Twins 2
In Minneapolis, Ben Zobrist homered and Evan Longoria had three RBIs.
Angels 3, Mariners 2 (16)
In Anaheim, Efren Navarro singled home a run with two outs in the 16th inning.
Athletics 5, Orioles 4
In Oakland, Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to cap a stunning comeback.
Yankees 5, Reds 4
In New York, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run homer.
Ichiro Suzuki was 0-for-4.