DETROIT – Texas right-hander Yu Darvish allowed two earned runs over seven innings on Thursday, but had plenty of run support to pick up his fourth win as the Rangers beat the Detroit Tigers 9-2.
Darvish (4-2) struggled to find the zone with his fastball, opening with a four-pitch walk to leadoff man and former teammate Ian Kinsler. Though Darvish issued a free pass in each of the first three innings, he held the Tigers to just two hits and no runs through five.
With the Rangers up 9-0 in the sixth, Darvish allowed back to back doubles to Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera, followed by outfielder Don Kelly’s single up the middle that brought Cabrera home. The fourth hit of the inning, Austin Jackson’s deep double off the center field wall, put runners on second and third with one out, but Darvish escaped by fanning Alex Avila and retiring Nick Castellanos on a fly ball.
The Japanese ace worked a perfect seventh inning before leaving the game after tossing 106 pitches. He allowed six hits, struck out six and walked three.
“Overall, I wasn’t very good out there today,” Darvish said. “But I was able to hit my spots when I really needed to.
“I’m glad that I was able to go seven innings and the team won.”
Rays 5, Athletics 2 (11)
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Sean Rodriguez hit a three-run home run with two out in the 11th inning to lift Tampa Bay.
Indians 8, Orioles 7 (13)
In Baltimore, Carlos Santana doubled in two runs with two outs in the 13th inning as Cleveland won its second straight 13-inning game and fourth straight overall.
Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 2
In Boston, Mark Buehrle won his major league-leading eighth game, and Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista homered on consecutive pitches as Toronto completed a three-game sweep.
Reliever Junichi Tazawa worked the ninth inning for the Red Sox, allowing one hit. He walked one and struck out two.
White Sox 3, Yankees 2
In Chicago, Chris Sale retired 18 of 19 batters over six scoreless innings in his return from an arm injury for the hosts.
For New York, Ichiro Suzuki, now batting .369, had a pinch-hit single in the ninth and scored.
Mariners 3, Astros 1
In Seattle, Michael Saunders hit a two-run infield single in the seventh inning to lift the Mariners over Houston.
Marlins 4, Phillies 3
In Miami, Christian Yelich hit a two-out, bases-loaded RBI single in the ninth inning to give the Marlins their fifth walkoff win of the year, and they beat Philadelphia.
Cardinals 4, D-Backs 2
In St. Louis, Allen Craig drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out double in the seventh and the Cardinals completed a three-game sweep.
Mets 5, Dodgers 3
In New York, Jonathon Niese hit an RBI double to provide himself some much-needed run support, and the Mets took advantage of two Los Angeles miscues to end Zack Greinke’s remarkable runs-allowed streak and beat the Dodgers.
Greinke’s stretch of 21 straight starts allowing two or fewer runs ended.
Braves 5, Brewers 4
In Atlanta, Ryan Doumit’s pinch-hit single brought home two runs, capping a three-run seventh inning that carried the Braves to a win over Milwaukee.
Atlanta trailed 4-1 heading to the bottom of the sixth.
Pirates 3, Nationals 1
In Pittsburgh, Edinson Volquez allowed one run in six sharp innings and the Pirates edged Washington.
Cubs 5, Padres 1
In San Diego, Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run home run against his old team and Jake Arrieta pitched six strong innings to lead Chicago to a victory against the Padres.
Giants 2, Rockies 2 (6) — susp.
Fielder’s season in doubt
New York AP
Prince Fielder is expected to have neck surgery next week and miss the rest of the season.
Fielder has been out with a herniated disk in his neck, and surgery was recommended after a follow-up exam and another scan Thursday with Dr. Drew Dossett.
General manager Jon Daniels said the team would get second opinion about surgery, but we’re “expecting that to be confirmed.”
Fielder had played in 547 consecutive games, then the longest active streak in the majors, before receiving a nerve root block injection Saturday to treat his neck.