ARLINGTON – Yu Darvish threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings, Nelson Cruz homered and the Texas Rangers went on to a 3-0 victory over the New York Yankees to open a four-game series on Monday night.
On the day the Rangers acquired Matt Garza, Darvish showed he’s still the team's No. 1 starter. He didn’t allow a hit until Lyle Overbay flared a single to left to start the fifth, but worked around that.
Darvish worked into the seventh, getting Robinson Cano to fly out. But Overbay singled to right and Vernon Wells drew a walk to end Darvish’s night. Robbie Ross entered, though, and induced a double-play grounder by Travis Hafner.
That kept Darvish in line for his ninth victory, as he scattered two hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
Tanner Scheppers worked a perfect eighth, and Joe Nathan closed out the ninth to preserve the shutout and pick up his 31st save.
The Rangers, after a lackluster offensive series against the Orioles to start the second half, grabbed an early lead in the first inning. Ian Kinsler walked, stole second and scored on a single by Adrian Beltre.
The Rangers made it 2-0 in the sixth on an RBI double by Geovany Soto, and Cruz belted his 23rd homer of the season in the seventh.
-- Drew Davison