Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish walks off the field to a standing ovation after throwing 8 2/3 perfect innings against the Houston Astros in the ninth inning at Minute Maid Park. The Rangers won 7-0. (Photo: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports)
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Yu Darvish was perfect through 8 2/3 innings
and the Texas Rangers defeated the Houston Astros, 7-0, in an American League
West matchup on Tuesday.
Darvish (1-0) seemed unstoppable and was one out away from perfection when
Marwin Gonzalez hit a ground ball between his legs and into center field for a
single. Darvish was then replaced by Michael Kirkman, and despite not getting
to finish out the game, recorded an impressive 14 strikeouts.
Ian Kinsler hit a two-run home run for the Rangers, who recorded 12 hits.
Lance Berkman had two RBI while Nelson Cruz, Elvis Andrus and Mitch Moreland
knocked in a run apiece in the victory, Texas' first of the season.
Gonzalez and Jose Altuve were the only two to record hits for the Astros, who
saw starter Lucas Harrell (0-1) allow one run on six hits over six innings.
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