Darvish struggles as Rangers lose

Kyodo, AP

Yu Darvish allowed four runs in five innings on Friday but did not factor in the decision in the Texas Rangers’ 6-5 interleague defeat to the New York Mets.

Pitching in severe wind conditions at New York’s Citi Field, Darvish allowed five hits — including four in the first frame — and two walks, while striking out six in a 94-pitch effort.

Darvish left the game for a pinch hitter with the Rangers trailing 4-3.

Mets catcher Travis d’Arnoud’s two-run, eighth-inning double off Jason Frasor broke a 4-4 tie.

Darvish went to the mound in the bottom of the first with a one-run lead in his pocket but couldn’t hold it. An RBI single by Bobby Abreu tied it and a two-run homer gave New York a 3-1 lead.

“The wind was blowing really hard and swirling, so it was hard to select pitches,” Darvish said. “I would have been better off taking into consideration how the strong wind would affect play.”


Dodgers 9, Rockies 0

In Denver, Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw nearly had no-hit stuff against Colorado again, allowing only two singles over eight masterful innings.

Kershaw (10-2) extended his scoreless streak to 36 innings before being replaced by a pinch hitter in the ninth.

He tied up the top-hitting team in the majors in nearly matching the no-hitter he threw against the Rockies on June 18 at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw struck out eight and walked one.

Cardinals 3, Marlins 2

In St. Louis, Lance Lynn bounced back from his worst start of the season with 6⅔ scoreless innings, and the Cardinals placed consecutive two-out RBI doubles just out of right fielder Giancarlo Stanton’s reach in a three-run sixth.

Braves 5, Diamondbacks 2

In Atlanta, Freddie Freeman drove in two runs and Ervin Santana won his second straight start and the Braves stretched their winning streak to eight games.

Reds 4, Brewers 2

In Cincinnati, Alfredo Simon moved into a tie for the National League lead with his 11th win.

Padres 2, Giants 0

In San Diego, Eric Stults pitched seven strong innings to win for the first time in nearly two months.

Cubs 7, Nationals 2

In Washington, Justin Ruggiano homered for the second straight game for Chicago.

Pirates 8, Phillies 2

In Pittsburgh, Andrew McCutchen had four hits and Jordy Mercer drove in a career-high four runs.


Yankees 6, Twins 5

In Minneapolis, Brian Roberts hit three doubles and a triple, leading New York to the road win.

This Independence Day game was preceded by a ceremony for the 75th anniversary of Yankees legend Lou Gehrig’s moving farewell address, shortly after he was diagnosed with the degenerative neurological disease that later took his name. Players from both teams read prerecorded portions of the speech.

New York’s Ichiro Suzuki was hitless in four at-bats.

Athletics 1, Blue Jays 0 (12)

In Oakland, Melky Cabrera couldn’t corral Nick Punto’s double with one out in the 12th inning.

Toronto’s Munenori Kawasaki went 2-for-4.

Angels 7, Astros 6

In Anaheim, Mike Trout homered leading off the ninth inning after Los Angeles twice rallied to tie the game.

Royals 7, Indians 1

In Cleveland, Yordano Ventura pitched 8⅓ stellar innings and Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer.

Rays 6, Tigers 3

In Detroit, Evan Longoria homered, Ben Zobrist doubled twice and Tampa Bay finally broke through offensively.

White Sox 7, Mariners 1

In Chicago, Jose Abreu hit his 27th home run, and Chris Sale struck out a season-high 12 in a complete game.

Orioles at Red Sox — ppd.