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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Expectations for Yu Darvish were every bit as big as the contract he signed to move from his native Japan.
He continues to meet and perhaps even exceed them.
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"He was very efficient and made them swing the bat," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "Broke his cutter out tonight and moved his fastball around the zone."
Darvish (6-1) gave up one run and four hits while striking out seven to win his sixth game in seven decisions and give a weary Rangers bullpen a rest.
After giving up a run in the first, Darvish settled down and retired 11 of the last 15 batters he faced. He lowered his ERA to 2.60. The Rangers committed more than $107 million to acquire Darvish.
"No matter what the situation, I try to throw as many inning as I can and go as long as possible," Darvish said through an interpreter when asked if he was aware the bullpen needed some downtime after long man Scott Feldman's spot start Monday, middle man Robbie Ross and a Alexi Ogando's tireless work over the last week.
"I was able to throw with less effort," Darvish said. "Getting taken out in the middle of the eighth is something that I'm not completely satisfied with."
Gentry beat out an infield single to third to score Nelson Cruz.
Oakland rookie pitcher Tommy Milone (5-3) gave up four runs in seven innings, holding the Rangers' offense down until the fourth.
"I thought he threw the ball extremely well," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "And really, if we get the ball over to first base on the Gentry ground ball, it's a 2-1 game.
"I thought, considering it's his first time pitching here to that lineup, I don't know how he could have done much better."
The Rangers sent nine players to the plate in a four-run fourth inning that was started by Josh Hamilton's infield single and Beltre's home run.
Gentry and Andrus added run-scoring hits. Hamilton, who extended his hitting streak to an AL season-best 16 games, had two hits and a run scored.
Beltre has tormented Oakland pitching. His home run was his ninth against the A's in the past two seasons.
Josh Reddick gave Oakland a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. He struck out in his next three at-bats.
"He has been as advertized," Washington said. "He's a strikeout pitcher, and he's been that."
|Yu Darvish finishes strong, completing a 118-pitch outing by retiring 11 of his last 12 batters. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jemile Weeks, 2B||3||1||2||0||1||0||0||.210|
|Collin Cowgill, CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.167|
|a- Jonny Gomes, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.230|
|Josh Reddick, RF-CF||3||0||0||1||0||3||1||.279|
|Seth Smith, LF-RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.235|
|Kila Ka'aihue, DH||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.275|
|Josh Donaldson, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.089|
|Daric Barton, 1B||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||.193|
|Anthony Recker, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.143|
|Eric Sogard, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.138|
|a-struck out for Cowgill in the 8th|
|2B - Jemile Weeks (6, Darvish)|
|SF - Josh Reddick (1)|
|RBI - Josh Reddick (21)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Weeks-Barton, Sogard-Weeks-Barton|
|PB - Anthony Recker (2)|
|Tommy Milone (L,5-3)||7||9||4||4||1||4||1||4.09|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Milone 100-64, Pedro Figueroa 15-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Milone 10-5|
|Batters Faced - Tommy Milone 29, Pedro Figueroa 4|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||4||0||2||1||0||0||2||.329|
|Alberto Gonzalez, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.225|
|Josh Hamilton, LF||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.404|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||4||1||1||2||0||0||1||.297|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.274|
|Mike Napoli, DH||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.250|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||2||1||0||0||1||0||0||.213|
|Brandon Snyder, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.333|
|Craig Gentry, CF||3||0||2||1||0||0||0||.310|
|HR - Adrian Beltre (7, Milone)|
|RBI - Elvis Andrus (18), Adrian Beltre 2 (23), Craig Gentry (10)|
|2-OUT RBI - Elvis Andrus (8), Craig Gentry (4)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Andrus-Snyder|
|Yu Darvish (W,6-1)||7.2||4||1||1||2||7||0||2.60|
|Mike Adams (H,7)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.93|
|Joe Nathan (S,8)||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||2.87|
|Pitches-Strikes - Yu Darvish 118-73, Mike Adams 5-3, Joe Nathan 15-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yu Darvish 7-8|
|Batters Faced - Yu Darvish 28, Mike Adams 1, Joe Nathan 3|
|Attendance - 46370|
|Game Time - 2:35|
|Temperature - 87|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Lance Barrett|