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April 09, 2012

Final: Rangers 11, Mariners 5 (Yu Darvish wins major league debut)

All things considered, Yu Darvish turned in an impressive major league debut Monday night.

He opened the game by allowing four runs in a 42-pitch first inning. But he settled down, made it through 5 2/3 innings and left Rangers Ballpark with his first big league victory after the Rangers pulled away for an 11-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Darvish issued a four-pitch walk to Chone Figgins to start the game, and then struck out Dustin Ackley. The next six batters reached base, though, including run-scoring hits by Kyle Seager and Miguel Olivo. Darvish issued a bases-loaded walk to Munenori Kawasaki, as well.

When the first inning was over, Darvish had allowed four runs on four hits with three walks. He allowed one run in the second, and then threw three scoreless innings.

Darvish retired 10 consecutive batters at one point, but was pulled with two outs in the sixth after giving up a walk to Ackley and a single to Ichiro Suzuki. He allowed five runs on eight hits with four walks and five strikeouts in his debut.

The Rangers’ offense bailed Darvish out of the early hole. Michael Young and Nelson Cruz had RBI singles in the first. Nelson Cruz then roped a three-run home run over the leftfield fence in the third. In the fourth, Mitch Moreland had a two-run homer and Josh Hamilton sent one deep to center.

Ian Kinsler put the game out of reach with a three-run shot in the bottom of the eighth, putting Texas up 11-5.

The Rangers’ bullpen closed out the victory with 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Alexi Ogando worked 1 1/3 innings, Mike Adams pitched the eighth and Scott Feldman made his season debut in the ninth.

-- Drew Davison

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