Darvish’s strikeouts give him a franchise record for a first-year pitcher


Yu Darvish gave the Texas Rangers eight solid innings, but left with the game tied and got a no-decision in the Rangers’ 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in 10 innings on Saturday.

Darvish allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits and two walks, while striking out eight. The Rays tied it in the eighth on a one-out walk, a stolen base and an error.

“If I can continue pitching the way I did today, I think I can be satisfied with that,” Darvish said. “I know who the batters are, and I felt that if I just do the things I have to do, I’ll do all right. I think I was able to do it.”

Darvish’s eight strikeouts gave him 196 for the season, a franchise record for a first-year pitcher. The previous record of 189 was set by Edwin Correa in 1986, when the Rangers were managed by Bobby Valentine.

The Rangers went ahead in the 10th on an RBI double by rookie shortstop Jurickson Profar, who scored when Josh Hamilton was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Meanwhile, Boston’s Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-5) was hammered, allowing five runs in 1-1/3 innings in the Red Sox’s 9-2 home loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. Matsuzaka faced four batters in a scoreless first, but a walk and five hits in the second, including a leadoff homer, spelled disaster.

Matsuzaka’s 42 pitches were his second fewest in his 113 big league starts.

In Seattle, Hisashi Iwakuma (6-4) allowed five runs, four earned, in just 3-2/3 innings in the Mariners’ 6-1 defeat to the Oakland Athletics. Iwakuma allowed six hits, walked two and struck out three.

In Baltimore, the Yankees’ Ichiro Suzuki helped extend New York’s early lead with a second-inning RBI double, but Yankees ace CC Sabathia (13-5) could not hold the lead in a 5-4 loss to the Orioles.

The result left the teams tied atop the American League East. Suzuki went 2-for-4 and scored the visitors’ final run in the ninth inning as the Yankees’ comeback bid fell short.