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Darvish dazzles again in Rangers win over Twins

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Yu Darvish returned to his dominant form.

The star pitcher allowed just four hits over eight sharp innings and the Texas Rangers beat Minnesota 5-0 on Saturday, handing the Twins their fifth straight loss.

Darvish (8-4) allowed only one hit and one walk after the second inning in lowering his earned run average to 2.42 following two consecutive defeats and his home ERA to 1.83. With 10 strikeouts, he hit double digits for the fifth in his last eight starts.

Adrian Beltre had three hits for the Rangers and scored Texas' first run, which proved to be all the Rangers needed, in the second inning. Shin-Soo Chin and Leonys Martin added two hits each.

"I thought he was Yu Darvish again," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I don't care how good you are. There will be bumps in the road. There will be times when things don't go right. And that even can happen for Yu Darvish. It was good for him to go out there today and find his pitches that worked."

Darvish, though, said he was unable to find a comfortable delivery throughout the game.

"I just couldn't find the right one today," he said through an interpreter, "but I managed to pitch those eight innings. I can't say I was disappointed."

No matter the delivery, Darvish frustrated the Twins with a cut fastball that was particularly effective against lefties.

"I'd say (Darvish's cutter) is probably his best pitch," said Twins DH Joe Mauer, whose first-inning single extended his hitting streak to a season-high nine games. "He can definitely make the ball move in a lot of different directions."

Phil Hughes (8-4) lost for only the second time in eight road starts this season, allowing all five runs on 11 hits in 7 2-3 innings.

"It's not been going our way as of late," Twins leftfielder Chris Parmelee said, "but our hitting will come around."

Neal Cotts finished for Texas in a non-save situation and retired the side in order.

The Rangers have won the first two of the three-game weekend series with the Twins following a season-long eight-game losing streak.

The shutout was Texas' 14 of the season, tops in the American League and one short of the St. Louis Cardinals' major league leading total.

Beltre scored on a double by Chris Gimenez on a fly to straight-away center that sailed just beyond the reach of Sam Fuld. The Rangers added a second run in the third inning when Rougned Odor singled, stole second, advanced on an infield out and scored on a dribbler back to the mound by Elvis Andrus.

The Rangers added three insurance runs in the eighth, one on a squeeze bunt by rookie Luis Sardinas. They chased Hughes, who went into the game with a 1.52 ERA in five previous career appearances at Globe Life Park.

Darvish's strong outing followed a quality start by Nick Tepesch on Friday night to give Texas consecutive quality starts for the first time since June 14-15.

The Twins put runners at second and third in the second inning on singles by Oswaldo Arcia and Parmelee. No. 9 batter Pedro Florimon, hitless in his previous 18 at-bats, flied out to center with two away to end what proved to be Minnesota's only threat of the game.

Notes

Rangers OF Alex Rios, hitless in his last 15 at-bats, was given a day off after playing all 126 games since being acquired last Aug. 9 from the Chicago White Sox. ... Texas LHP Derek Holland threw a 67-pitch simulated game on Saturday, but the club isn't ready to start him on a rehab assignment. ...Minnesota's Sunday starter, Kyle Gibson, shut out Texas over six innings on May 28.

 
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Yu Darvish allows just four hits over eight sharp innings, lowering his earned run average to 2.42. (USATSI)
Yu Darvish allows just four hits over eight sharp innings, lowering his earned run average to 2.42. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Texas

Y. Darvish
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 10
Texas

A. Beltre
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Sam Fuld, CF4000021 .216
Brian Dozier, 2B4000010 .242
Joe Mauer, DH4010010 .271
Kendrys Morales, 1B4000001 .225
Oswaldo Arcia, RF4010020 .208
Kurt Suzuki, C3000011 .297
Chris Parmelee, LF3020010 .264
Eduardo Escobar, 3B3000023 .275
Pedro Florimon, SS1000102 .092
   a-Jorge Polanco, PH-SS1000010 .333
Phil Hughes, P0000000 .000
   Casey Fien, P0000000 .000
Totals31040111  
a-struck out for Florimon in the 8th
Batting
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chris Parmelee 1
DP - Dozier-Morales
E - Pedro Florimon (2, Throwing), Sam Fuld (2, Dropped line drive)
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Phil Hughes (L,8-4) 7.21155160 3.58
Casey Fien 0.1000010 2.41
IBB - Beltre by Phil Hughes
Pitches-Strikes - Phil Hughes 98-69, Casey Fien 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Hughes 9-6
Batters Faced - Phil Hughes 33, Casey Fien 1
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, LF4020001 .255
Elvis Andrus, SS4111011 .268
Carlos Pena, 1B4100001 .158
Adrian Beltre, 3B3230100 .333
Donnie Murphy, DH3000032 .198
   a-Luis Sardinas, PH-DH0001000 .288
Leonys Martin, CF4022012 .275
Chris Gimenez, C4011022 .310
Michael Choice, RF3010001 .186
Rougned Odor, 2B3110001 .276
Yu Darvish, P0000000 .000
   Neal Cotts, P0000000 .000
Totals32511517  
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Murphy in the 8th
Batting
2B - Adrian Beltre (18, Hughes), Leonys Martin (10, Hughes), Chris Gimenez (6, Hughes)
SH - Luis Sardinas (2)
RBI - Elvis Andrus (19), Luis Sardinas (4), Leonys Martin 2 (22), Chris Gimenez (8)
2-OUT RBI - Leonys Martin 2 (14), Chris Gimenez (6)
SB - Rougned Odor (2, 2nd base off Hughes/Suzuki)
CS - Adrian Beltre (1, 2nd base by Hughes/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 5
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yu Darvish (W,8-4) 84001100 2.42
Neal Cotts 1000010 3.41
WP - Yu Darvish (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Yu Darvish 110-76, Neal Cotts 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yu Darvish 6-8, Neal Cotts 1-1
Batters Faced - Yu Darvish 29, Neal Cotts 3
Game Information
Attendance - 30620
Game Time - 2:27
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - John Tumpane, Third Base - James Hoye