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June 26, 2012

Final: Rangers 7, Tigers 5 (Yu Darvish improves to 7-0 at Rangers Ballpark)

ARLINGTON – Yu Darvish remained perfect at home.

Darvish pitched seven innings and earned his 10th win of the year in the Texas Rangers’ 7-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night at Rangers Ballpark.

Darvish has won all seven of his starts at home, and has gone at least seven innings in his last three starts. He’s only the second pitcher in the last 50 years to win his first seven home starts, joining Carlos Perez of the Expos, who won eight straight home starts in 1995.

Darvish struggled at the start, giving up a two-run double to Prince Fielder in the first. Fielder added a solo home run in the fourth.

Trailing 3-1 going to the bottom of the fourth, though, the Rangers rallied for four runs and the lead. Michael Young had a run-scoring triple, Nelson Cruz followed with an RBI single and then Yorvit Torrealba and Brandon Snyder came through with consecutive two-out RBI singles.

The Tigers pulled to within 5-4 in the fifth, but the Rangers regained a two-run lead in the bottom half when Elvis Andrus doubled and eventually scored on a passed ball.

Darvish retired the final seven batters he faced, as he allowed four runs on four hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts over seven innings. It was Darvish’s fourth start with 10 or more strikeouts.

Mike Adams gave up a run in the eighth, while Joe Nathan worked the ninth for his 17th save.

Ian Kinsler scored the Rangers’ first run with a solo home run to lead off the first. Josh Hamilton cushioned the lead with a solo shot to lead off the seventh, his second in as many nights.

-- Drew Davison


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