Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish's bid for a perfect game ended with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night, when the Houston Astros' Marwin Gonzalez singled up the middle.
Reliever Michael Kirkman, after giving up another hit, got the final out in a 7-0 Rangers victory.
Darvish had not allowed a base runner through 26 batters in Houston, and had set a career high with 14 strikeouts. The Rangers led the Astros 7-0 in Game 2 of the 2013 season. Darvish was immediately taken out of the game after giving up the hit.
Darvish struck out nine in the first four innings. The Astros' Chris Carter led off the fifth by driving a fly ball to left field that David Murphy caught on the warning track at Minute Maid Park.
The Rangers were trying to even their record after losing the season opener 8-2 to Houston on Sunday night.
Ian Kinsler hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh to give Darvish and the Rangers a 3-0 cushion. The Rangers' first run came in the third, when Craig Gentry hit a one-out ground-rule double and scored on a bases-loaded single by Lance Berkman.
Davish was given a 5-0 lead in the top of the eighth. Nelson Cruz doubled in Murphy, who had walked to start the inning. Cruz took third on a groundout and scored on Mitch Moreland's sacrifice fly.
The Rangers added two more runs in the seventh. Kinsler led off with a walk and scored on Elvis Andrus' second triple of game. Berkman singled in Andrus.
Darvish, coming off a brilliant spring and strong finish to his 2012 rookie season, struck out the side in the second and the fourth innings.
With the crowd roaring on every pitch, he struck out the first two batters in the eighth and got the third out on a weak ground ball to second.
-- Vince Langford