Yu Darvish turned in his best outing to date, and it came against the hot-hitting New York Yankees.
Darvish used all of his pitches well, worked out of jams and carried the Rangers to a 2-0 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night at Rangers Ballpark.
Darvish tossed 8 1/3 scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts – the most by a Rangers pitcher this season. He allowed seven hits with two walks on the night.
Darvish opened the game with two relatively easy innings before running into trouble in the third. Eric Chavez led off with a single, Russell Martin drew a walk and Derek Jeter reached with a bunt single.
With the bases loaded and no outs, Darvish managed to get away unscathed. He struck out Curtis Granderson and induced an inning-ending double play by Alex Rodriguez.
In the fourth, Darvish gave up a leadoff double to Robinson Cano but retired the next three in a nine-pitch inning. He received defensive help in the fifth, as Elvis Andrus made a nice play on a grounder up the middle by Martin.
Darvish's night ended when he gave up a one-out single to Nick Swisher in the ninth. Joe Nathan closed it out by getting a game-ending double play Raul Ibanez.
The Yankees entered the game on a six-game streak of scoring five or more runs. They also had posted a .289 average with runners in scoring position, the fourth-best in the American League.
But Darvish shut them down, and held them to a 1 for 7 mark with runners in scoring position.
The Rangers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Ian Kinsler led off with a solo home run to left-center field. Texas extended its lead to 2-0 with a run in the third on an RBI single by Josh Hamilton, who has hit safely in 16 of the Rangers’ 18 games.
Those runs were enough with the way Darvish pitched.
-- Drew Davison