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May 16, 2013

Wrapping up Rangers' 10-4 victory over the Tigers

Yu Darvish thought he'd be done after seven innings and 115 pitches, but manager Ron Washington asked if he could work the eighth. Darvish said he could and worked a 1-2-3 inning, as his last out came on pitch No. 130.

That's the most pitches Darvish has thrown in his career, passing his previous high of 127 on May 5 against Boston. It's also the most thrown by a Rangers pitcher since R.A. Dickey in 2004.

"Yu Darvish, in my opinion, is a stud," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I don't think we overworked him tonight."

Darvish agreed, saying after he threw his 100th pitch: "I felt like I had a lot of gasoline left."

Washington felt like the bullpen could use the break Darvish provided, as the relievers were taxed in Houston and Oakland.

Darvish struggled in the beginning, allowing three runs in the third and another in the fourth. But he settled into a zone after that, retiring 15 of the final 16 batters he faced.

Darvish won his seventh game of the year, and fifth consecutive decision -- the longest single-season win streak of his career.

Here are a few other postgame notes:

* Tigers starter Justin Verlander lasted only 2 2/3 innings, his shortest outing since June 22, 2010. He was chased out of the game after Geovany Soto hit a three-run homer to cap a seven-run third inning for the Rangers. It was Soto's first homer of the season.

* The third inning lasted 51 minutes, an inning that saw Darvish give up three runs and Verlander seven. Darvish threw 36 pitches in the frame, while Verlander threw 38.

* Mitch Moreland continues his hot streak at the plate. He had a two-run double in the third, and added another RBI double in the fifth. Since April 22, Moreland is batting .379 with six home runs, 10 RBIs, a triple, 15 RBIs and 13 runs.

* Nelson Cruz homered once again, sending his team-leading 11th homer out in the seventh inning. Five of his last seven hits have been homers.

* The Rangers are now 27-14 after 41 games, the best mark in club history and the best record in the majors this season. They also improved to 12-4 at Rangers Ballpark, which is the best home record in the majors.

-- Drew Davison


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