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April 30, 2013

Wrapping up Rangers' 10-6 victory over White Sox

Yu Darvish didn't have his best stuff Tuesday, but the offense picked up the slack in a 10-6 victory.

Darvish was working with a 4-2 lead with one out in the sixth, and induced what appeared to be a double-play grounder by Hector Gimenez. Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland fielded it and fired to second, and shortstop Elvis Andrus rifled it back to first to Darvish.

But Darvish missed the bag and the White Sox extended their inning. The next batter, Dewayne Wise, sent a two-run homer to right field to tie the game at 4-4.

The Rangers, though, bailed Darvish out by scoring six runs in the bottom half of the sixth and pulling away for their 17th victory of the season.

Darvish joked about the play at first afterwards.

"If I had touched the bag that would have ended the inning and I wouldn't have given up the home run," Darvish said through a translator. "But I think the home run fired up our team and we scored a lot of runs after it."

Here are a few additional notes from the game:

* Ian Kinsler made a nice play on a well-hit grounder by Alex Rios in the seventh inning. Kinsler had to go to his right and the throw across his body landed in Mitch Moreland's glove just before Rios touched the bag. The play got a standing salute by manager Ron Washington.

"That was a very sharp play and he made as perfectly as he could make it," Washington said. "That's when I saluted. Perfect."

* Nelson Cruz and Jeff Baker had back-to-back solo shots in the fourth inning, scoring the Rangers' first runs in 12 innings (they were shutout by Minnesota on Sunday).

* Adrian Beltre snapped an 0-for-11 stretch with runners in scoring position with a two-run homer to cap off the six-run sixth.

* Tanner Scheppers allowed his first run of the season. White Sox slugger Adam Dunn homered off him in the seventh inning.

* The Rangers matched their second-best start in club history at 17-9. They had the same record in 2004 and 2012.

-- Drew Davison


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