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Rangers' Darvish (6-1) baffles A's

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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.

Darvish pitched 7 2/3 strong innings and Adrian Beltre had a two-run homer to help the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 on Wednesday night.

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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.

Mike Adams struck out Johnny Gomes, who represented the tying run, for the final out in the eighth. Joe Nathan struck out the side in the ninth his eighth save.

"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."

Craig Gentry and Elvis Andrus each had two hits, including run-scoring singles in a decisive fourth inning.

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."

Notes

  • Michael Young was out of the Rangers lineup, the third consecutive day manager Ron Washington gave at least one of the regulars a break. "One more guy, then I've done everyone." That would be slugger Josh Hamilton. Washington said before the game he wasn't sure when Hamilton would get a break, and was waiting to see what happened in the game.
  • Milone entered the game allowing a .175 average to batters leading off an inning, fifth lowest in the AL.
  • Ogando has not allowed a run in 15 1/3 consecutive innings. He did not pitch Wedneday.
 
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Yu Darvish finishes strong, completing a 118-pitch outing by retiring 11 of his last 12 batters.  (US Presswire)
Yu Darvish finishes strong, completing a 118-pitch outing by retiring 11 of his last 12 batters. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Texas

A. Beltre
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Texas

Y. Darvish
IP 7.2
H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 7
 

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Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jemile Weeks, 2B3120100 .210
Collin Cowgill, CF3010002 .167
   a- Jonny Gomes, PH-LF1000012 .230
Josh Reddick, RF-CF3001031 .279
Seth Smith, LF-RF4000010 .235
Kila Ka'aihue, DH4000020 .275
Josh Donaldson, 3B3000020 .089
Daric Barton, 1B2010100 .193
Anthony Recker, C3000012 .143
Eric Sogard, SS3000011 .138
Totals29141211  
a-struck out for Cowgill in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jemile Weeks (6, Darvish)
SF - Josh Reddick (1)
RBI - Josh Reddick (21)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Weeks-Barton, Sogard-Weeks-Barton
PB - Anthony Recker (2)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Milone (L,5-3) 7944141 4.09
Pedro Figueroa 1000100 2.25
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
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Elvis Andrus, SS4021002 .329
Alberto Gonzalez, 2B4000014 .225
Josh Hamilton, LF4120010 .404
Adrian Beltre, 3B4112001 .297
Nelson Cruz, RF3110100 .274
Mike Napoli, DH4000022 .250
Yorvit Torrealba, C2100100 .213
Brandon Snyder, 1B3010002 .333
Craig Gentry, CF3021000 .310
Totals3149424  
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Andrus-Snyder
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yu Darvish (W,6-1) 7.2411270 2.60
Mike Adams (H,7) 0.1000010 1.93
Joe Nathan (S,8) 1000030 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
Game Information
Attendance - 46370
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Lance Barrett