ARLINGTON – Chris Herrmann has joined Marwin Gonzalez and Carlos Corporan as players who spoiled no-hit bids by Yu Darvish this season.
Darvish flirted with a no-hitter once again, but couldn’t close it out once again. This time, though, he didn’t even get the win. In fact, he took the loss after giving up a pair of home runs in the seventh inning as the Texas Rangers fell 3-2 to the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.
The Rangers lost for only the third time in the last 10 games, but it came against a team that was 18 games under .500, whose best batter in the lineup had a .259 average and whose starter had a career record of 1-12 with a 5.79 ERA.
Darvish carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, dominating along the way. He had faced the minimum through six innings, issuing only a leadoff walk in the second inning but erasing that by inducing a double-play grounder in the next at-bat.
Darvish had 10 strikeouts through six, including five straight. He got Trevor Plouffe to whiff well ahead of a slow curve to end the fifth, and then struck out the side in the sixth.
But he walked Brian Dozier on five pitches to start the seventh, and then left a 2-0 cutter in the zone that Herrmann sent over the right-field fence to tie the game at 2-2.
The next batter, Justin Morneau who had a lineup-best .259 average, sent a hanging breaking pitch over the right-field fence to give the Twins a 3-2 lead, something their bullpen didn’t surrender.
The tide had turned rather quickly on Darvish and the Rangers.
The offense managed only two runs in six innings against Twins right-hander Liam Hendriks. Jurickson Profar had a solo shot in the third, and Ian Kinsler scored in the fourth on a groundout by A.J. Pierzynski.
After the Twins had taken a 3-2 lead, the Rangers had a chance to tie it in the seventh. Pinch-hitter Craig Gentry had a one-out triple off Brian Duensing, but Leonys Martin and Elvis Andrus each grounded out to end the threat.
The Rangers went down in order the final two innings against Twins relievers Jared Burton and Glen Perkins.
-- Drew Davison