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Darvish pitches first complete game, ends Miami's IL streak

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Yu Darvish let out a good yell and pumped both fists before catcher Chris Gimenez greeted him in front of the mound.

The Texas ace wasn't necessarily celebrating his first complete game in the major leagues. His battery mate says he does that all the time.

"He just kind of looked at me and goes, 'Yeah!' That's what I said back to him," Gimenez said. "He likes going 'Yes!' all the time. We kind of goof around with each other about it."

This was their best reason yet to have a little fun.

Darvish struck out 10 in his six-hitter, Shin-Soo Choo broke a long hitless streak with a three-run double and the Rangers denied Miami's bid for a record interleague winning streak, beating the Marlins 6-0 on Wednesday night.

Darvish (7-2) struck out the side in the eighth to end a streak of one baserunner in each of the first seven innings for the Marlins.

The Japanese right-hander wrapped up his 73rd career start by getting Garrett Jones to swing at a pitch in the dirt. Gimenez had to finish it off with a throw to first.

The closest Darvish had come to a complete game were the two times he lost a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth inning. The first was a perfect game bid against Houston last year. The other was against Boston a month ago, although a scoring change a few days later altered that.

"I wasn't really conscious of throwing a complete game," Darvish said through an translator. "I thought I was going to be out of the game after the eighth inning, but when [manager Ron Washington] told me that I'm going in the ninth inning as well, I decided to go. And I also wanted to face [Giancarlo] Stanton again."

Darvish gave up his final single to Stanton leading off the ninth, but Casey McGehee grounded into Miami's third double play before Jones whiffed.

"I don't think we really have anybody like that," Miami manager Mike Redmond said when asked what NL pitchers compared to Darvish, who was facing the Marlins for the first time.

The Marlins had to settle for tying the New York Yankees (2003-04) and Tampa Bay (2004) for the longest interleague winning streak at 13 games. It was Miami's first interleague loss since last Aug. 12 at Kansas City.

The Rangers (32-34) snapped a four-game losing streak and avoided falling four games under .500 for the first time since 2008. Texas split the two-game set and is now winless in eight straight series at home.

Choo was in an 0-for-18 slump when he pulled a line drive past Jones at first with the bases loaded in the third against Jacob Turner (2-4). When Stanton couldn't cut off the ball in right field, Elvis Andrus scored easily from first for a 3-0 lead.

Choo had a single in the fifth that again brought home Andrus, who had three hits.

"I needed just one hit, one good hard it," Choo said. "I tell myself every pitch, start over, start over, start over."

Darvish, who won his fourth straight start for the first time in Texas, blew a 4-0 lead in his last start against Cleveland but still got the win in a 6-4 Texas victory. There were no such threats this time, and Darvish has allowed one earned run in 37 2/3 innings over his past five interleague starts.

Marcell Ozuna helped Darvish by getting thrown out at second base by left fielder Michael Choice after a leadoff single in the seventh. Justin Bour followed with a walk, but Darvish started a double play on J.T. Realmuto to end the inning.

Jones had one of the singles on a 59 mph curveball before Darvish struck out Ozuna looking on a knee-buckling slider. Darvish, who threw 116 pitches, got Stanton swinging on another slider in the sixth.

Turner finished the fourth inning after getting hit on the right side by a line drive from Rougned Odor, but the right-hander didn't come out for the fifth. He gave up six hits and five earned runs.

Notes

This was the first meeting between the Marlins and Rangers since July 2011. They play two more in Miami on Aug. 19-20. ... The Rangers agreed to terms with top draft pick Luis Ortiz, a high school pitcher from California. The deal for the right-hander includes a $1.75 million signing bonus. He will report to the Arizona League after graduating from high school Saturday.

 
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Yu Darvish's first MLB complete game is a six-hit shutout in which he throws 116 pitches and strikes out 10.  (USATSI)
Yu Darvish's first MLB complete game is a six-hit shutout in which he throws 116 pitches and strikes out 10. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Texas

Y. Darvish
IP 9.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 3
K 10
Texas

S. Choo
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
 
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Christian Yelich, LF3010111 .260
Ed Lucas, 2B4000022 .284
Giancarlo Stanton, RF4010011 .299
Casey McGehee, 3B4010002 .305
Garrett Jones, 1B3010111 .276
Marcell Ozuna, CF3010012 .266
Justin Bour, DH2000121 .385
Jacob Realmuto, C3000012 .250
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS3010010 .255
Jacob Turner, P0000000 .250
   Kevin Slowey, P0000000 .000
   Chris Hatcher, P0000000 .000
Totals29060310  
Batting
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Jacob Realmuto (1, Throwing)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jacob Turner (L,2-4) 4655140 6.38
Kevin Slowey 3511010 4.84
Chris Hatcher 1000020 4.32
WP - Jacob Turner 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jacob Turner 75-47, Kevin Slowey 55-38, Chris Hatcher 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jacob Turner 4-4, Kevin Slowey 5-3, Chris Hatcher 1-0
Batters Faced - Jacob Turner 19, Kevin Slowey 14, Chris Hatcher 3
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Choice, LF4000014 .199
Elvis Andrus, SS4230010 .260
Shin-Soo Choo, DH4124001 .261
Adrian Beltre, 3B4020002 .323
Alex Rios, RF4000014 .329
Brad Snyder, 1B4000004 .143
Leonys Martin, CF4110021 .267
Chris Gimenez, C3111110 .381
Rougned Odor, 2B4120011 .312
Yu Darvish, P0000000 .000
Totals35611517  
Batting
2B - Shin-Soo Choo (11, Turner), Adrian Beltre (13, Turner)
RBI - Shin-Soo Choo 4 (23), Chris Gimenez (7)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Michael Choice 1
DP - Andrus-Odor-Snyder, Andrus-Odor-Snyder-Darvish-Andrus-Snyder, Andrus-Odor-Snyder-Darvish-Andrus-Snyder-Andrus-Odor-Snyder
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yu Darvish (W,7-2) 96003100 2.11
WP - Yu Darvish (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Yu Darvish 117-76
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yu Darvish 6-7
Batters Faced - Yu Darvish 32
Game Information
Attendance - 31512
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Hal Gibson, Third Base - Dale Scott