Astros rough up Darvish

AP, Kyodo

Yu Darvish and the slumping Texas Rangers have hit the bottom.

In all of Major League Baseball, not only the AL West.

Texas has the worst winning percentage in the big leagues after losing three straight games to the Houston Astros, who completed a series sweep with an 8-4 victory Wednesday.

The Rangers lost for the 10th time in 11 games and have dropped 18 of 21 overall. At 38-53, their .418 winning percentage is just behind Arizona and Houston, both 39-54 for a .419 mark.

Darvish (8-5), who had thrown 20 consecutive scoreless innings while winning his last three home starts, gave up a season-high 10 hits and six runs. The All-Star right-hander struck out eight and needed 109 pitches to get through six innings.

“They had chances and cashed in,” Darvish said through a translator. “‘My command wasn’t bad. I just didn’t execute.”

For the Astros, Robbie Grossman had a career-high four hits to snap an 0-for-28 slide.

Yankees 5, Indians 4 (14)

In Cleveland, Jacoby Ellsbury’s two-out homer in the 14th inning sent New York to a victory over the Indians.

Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira hit a solo homer and a two-run shot. Teammate Ichiro Suzuki was 1-for-6, striking out three times.

Red Sox 5, White Sox 4

In Boston, Daniel Nava doubled home the tying run in the ninth inning and scored on Brock Holt’s single as the Red Sox rallied from a four-run deficit to beat Chicago and snap a four-game losing streak.

Closer Koji Uehara (5-2) got three straight strikeouts, missed hacks at his split-fingered fastball, in the ninth and picked up the win. The 39-year-old Uehara (5-2).

In the eighth, Boston reliever Junichi Tazawa allowed a leadoff single but struck out slugger Adam Dunn and got out of the inning by turning a 1-6-3 double play.

Angels 8, Blue Jays 7

In Anaheim, Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning and Kole Calhoun also connected to lead Los Angeles over Toronto.

It was Pujols’ 20th homer of the season and 512th of his career, tying Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews for 21st place all-time.

Royals 5, Rays 4

In. St. Petersburg, Florida, Kansas City’s Salvador Perez hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the ninth.

Twins 8, Mariners 1

In Seattle, Kendrys Morales knocked in three runs and Kyle Gibson pitched six shutout innings to lead Minnesota to a rout of the Mariners.


Tigers 4, Dodgers 1

In Detroit, Max Scherzer pitched seven impressive innings, outdueling Zack Greinke and helping the short-handed Tigers beat Los Angeles.

Nationals 6, Orioles 2

In Baltimore, Doug Fister allowed two runs over seven innings and Washington hit three solo homers in a victory over the hosts.

Giants 5, Athletics 2

In San Francisco, Hunter Pence homered and drove in two runs, Matt Cain tossed six strong innings and the Giants spoiled Jason Hammel’s debut for Oakland.


D-Backs 4, Marlins 3 (10)

In Phoenix, Paul Goldschmidt doubled in the last two of Arizona’s three runs in the 10th, giving the Diamondbacks a comeback victory against Miami.

Rockies 6, Padres 3

In Denver, Troy Tulowitzki belted two of Colorado’s five home runs in a win over division rival San Diego.

Phillies 4, Brewers 1

In Milwaukee, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley homered to support Roberto Hernandez’s solid start, and Philadelphia beat the Brewers

Cardinals 5, Pirates 2

In St. Louis, Lance Lynn reached double figures in wins before the All-Star break for the third consecutive year and Kolten Wong homered for the second game in a row.

Reds 4, Cubs 1

In Cincinnati, Alfredo Simon became the NL’s first 12-game winner and Billy Hamilton added to his sensational series with a tiebreaking triple, leading the Reds over Chicago.

Mets 4, Braves 1

In New York, Dillon Gee pitched into the eighth inning after two months on the disabled list and Travis d’Arnaud hit a two-run homer for the Mets.