Darvish ends Texas’ slide

Kyodo, AP

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.