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Darvish retired the first 17 batters, Texas hit five home runs and the Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 8-4 Monday in a game that turned testy.
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Cruz took a few steps to the mound, but was restrained by catcher Brayan Pena.
"It's part of the game," Pena said. "We're trying to go inside. Cruz is a very strong guy and we were trying to not let him extend his arms. He is one of my good friends and I hope he knows we were not trying to hit him."
The dugouts and bullpens emptied, but only words were exchanged. Both teams were issued a warning by plate umpire Mike Everitt.
"That was an outstanding sequence," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Not the fact Cruz got hit, but the fact Michael hit the home run. I don't know what that was about, but undoubtedly it didn't affect us because we put another two runs on the board and got him out of the game. We was fired up already. All he did was make it shine a little brighter."
Josh Hamilton hit his 38th homer and Geovany Soto added a three-run shot as Texas won for the ninth time in 12 games. The AL West leaders moved a season-high 26 games over .500 with some more pop after hit four homers Sunday in an 8-3 victory at Cleveland.
A day after he homered and doubled in his first two big league at-bats, 19-year-old Jurickson Profar was not in the Texas lineup. Second baseman Ian Kinsler, who sat out Sunday with a stiff back, returned to the lineup.
Darvish (14-9), who retired the final seven batters he faced in his previous start, did not allow a runner until two out in the sixth when he walked Johnny Giavotella on a close full-count pitch.
"When I threw that pitch -- it was a slider -- I tried to throw it right down the middle," Darvish said through an interpreter. "It ended up being on the outer edge, a very close call. At that moment, I wanted the call, but later after that inning I looked at the replay video and saw that it was fairly a ball. So it just goes to show the umpires are right and good. And that hitter had a very good take, a very good at-bat."
"I didn't think about that at all," Darvish said.
"It takes one hit sometimes and other guys can feed off it," Lough said. "I saw him going back for it and I was hoping it would fall in."
Darvish was pulled after the seventh and struck out six, including five in the first three innings, while walking one.
"It was as good as I've seen his stuff," Washington said. "His stuff was real crisp. His curveball they just couldn't do anything with it. Early in the game his cutter was just outstanding. His four-seamer, he was zipping it. He was hitting his spots with consistency.
"He was doing everything he wanted to do out there. He's getting a feel for what is working and he's staying with it."
Darvish tied Wade Miley of Arizona for the most victories by a rookie this season.
Soto homered in the second for a 3-0 lead.
Bruce Chen (10-11) allowed six runs on six hits, four of them home runs. He lasted six innings as his career ERA against Texas climbed to 8.68.
Abreu also singled in a run in the eighth, giving him six RBI in two games.
|Rookie Yu Darvish pitches seven strong innings and racks up his 14th win of the season. (AP)|
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|Ian Kinsler, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||0||0||.265|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||5||0||0||0||0||2||2||.298|
|Josh Hamilton, CF||4||1||1||1||0||3||0||.290|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||.318|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||2||3||1||1||1||0||0||.264|
|Michael Young, DH||4||1||1||2||0||0||1||.267|
|David Murphy, LF||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.324|
|Geovany Soto, C||4||1||1||3||0||1||1||.210|
|Mike Olt, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||3||0||.143|
|Mitch Moreland, 1B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.286|
|2B - David Murphy (26, Chen)|
|HR - Josh Hamilton (38, Chen), Adrian Beltre (28, Chen), Nelson Cruz (22, Chen), Michael Young (5, Coleman), Geovany Soto (9, Chen)|
|RBI - Josh Hamilton (114), Adrian Beltre (85), Nelson Cruz (80), Michael Young 2 (55), Geovany Soto 3 (29)|
|2-OUT RBI - Josh Hamilton (26), Geovany Soto 3 (7)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|Outfield Assists - Nelson Cruz 1|
|DP - Moreland-Andrus, Andrus-Kinsler-Moreland|
|Yu Darvish (W,14-9)||7||3||3||3||1||6||0||4.29|
|Mike Adams (H,25)||1||3||1||1||0||0||0||2.60|
|Pitches-Strikes - Yu Darvish 87-60, Mike Adams 19-12, Joe Nathan 15-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yu Darvish 8-7, Mike Adams 1-0, Joe Nathan 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Yu Darvish 25, Mike Adams 4, Joe Nathan 4|
|Kansas City Royals|
|David Lough, RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.357|
|Tony Abreu, SS||4||1||2||3||0||0||0||.361|
|Alex Gordon, LF||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.297|
|Billy Butler, DH||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.309|
|Mike Moustakas, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.254|
|Lorenzo Cain, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.243|
|Eric Hosmer, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.240|
|Brayan Pena, C||3||1||1||0||0||1||0||.247|
|Johnny Giavotella, 2B||2||1||1||0||1||1||0||.228|
|2B - Alex Gordon (45, Darvish)|
|3B - Tony Abreu (1, Darvish)|
|RBI - Tony Abreu 3 (10), Alex Gordon (60)|
|2-OUT RBI - Tony Abreu 3 (7), Alex Gordon (16)|
|SB - David Lough (1, 2nd base off Darvish/Soto)|
|Team LOB - 2|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Bruce Chen (L,10-11)||6||6||6||6||1||5||4||5.28|
|HBP - Cruz (by Louis Coleman)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bruce Chen 101-71, Louis Coleman 31-22, Francisley Bueno 20-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bruce Chen 2-11, Louis Coleman 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Bruce Chen 25, Louis Coleman 8, Francisley Bueno 5|
|Attendance - 22207|
|Game Time - 2:40|
|Temperature - 90|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Paul Schrieber|