Darvish pitches Rangers to seventh straight victory

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) It took Yu Darvish a bit longer than expected to get his 50th career win.

The Texas Rangers didn't bank on taking this much time to reach .500, either.

Darvish reached his milestone with nine strikeouts in seven innings, and the Rangers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 on Tuesday night to stretch the majors' longest active winning streak to seven games.

''I think we're doing a great job with the starters,'' Darvish said through an interpreter. ''But at the same time, as a team, we're playing good baseball. That's why we're winning games.''

Darvish became the sixth Japanese pitcher to reach 50 career victories. In his 109th start, he joined Hideo Nomo (123), Hiroki Kuroda (79), Hisashi Iwakuma (63), Daisuke Matsuzaka (56) and Tomo Ohka (51).

Darvish likely would have reached the mark sooner, but he missed the entire 2015 season and some of 2016 after having Tommy John surgery.

On Tuesday, Darvish mixed up his pitches and continued his dominance in interleague play, lowering his career ERA to 2.19 in 14 starts against the National League.

''Arguably the best slider in baseball, in my opinion,'' Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. ''When that's the first time a team sees him, it's got to be tough, especially the way he located it.''

Darvish used his slider and curveball in key moments.

After cruising through the first five innings, he ran into trouble in the sixth inning, but struck out Freddy Galvis on a slider and Odubel Herrera on a curveball. He preserved a two-run lead by striking out Brock Stassi on a curveball with runners at first and second after he allowed his only run on an RBI single by Freddy Galvis in the seventh inning.

''I thought that good use of all his pitches tonight,'' Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. ''He really got the curveball in play tonight for some big strikeouts.''

Nomar Mazara had a solo homer in the first, and Mike Napoli hit a two-run shot in the eighth. Napoli, who came in hitting .165, went 3 for 3.

Closer Matt Bush struck out one in a perfect ninth after Napoli's homer eliminated a save situation.

Phillies starter Jared Eickhoff (0-4) struck out eight and allowed seven hits in his first career start against the franchise that drafted him in 2011. Eickhoff was traded to Philadelphia in a deal that included LHP Cole Hamels in 2015.

Robinson Chirinos had an RBI groundout in the second inning and Jonathan Lucroy had an RBI double in the fifth to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead after Mazara's homer.

Texas' win streak is the second-longest in the big leagues this season. The Yankees won eight straight games between April 9 and 17.

''We didn't start the year how we wanted to and we all knew that,'' Mazara said. ''We were struggling at the beginning. Everybody's going to struggle at some point in the season.''

CENTER FIELD SHUFFLE

Banister said he'll give Jared Hoying a couple games in center field after Carlos Gomez (right hamstring) was put on the disabled list and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Hoying was called up on Tuesday from Triple-A and went 0 for 3.

''I'm sure that there is still part of Jared that wants to show he's a major league player,'' Banister said. ''Don't know that he's ever had an opportunity to have consistent at-bats. He's probably going to get that opportunity now.''

SMART CHALLENGES

The Rangers won a challenge in the fifth inning when Delino DeShields was called out at first on a pickoff throw to first base. After a 70-second review, DeShields was ruled safe, and he then scored on Lucroy's double.

Texas is now 11 for 16 on challenges this season and has won the last six.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola will return to the Phillies rotation Sunday against Pittsburgh. Nola (lower-back strain) pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a Triple-A rehab start Monday.

Rangers: Texas moved INF Hanser Alberto (right shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday to make room for Hoying on the 40-man roster. ... Banister said 3B Adrian Beltre (calf strain) jogged in the outfield at 50 percent and took batting practice.

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin is making his sixth start and has yet to pick up a decision since returning from a knee injury April 18.

Rangers: RHP Andrew Cashner is winless in six starts with a 2.43 ERA.

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  • W: Y. Darvish (4-2)L: J. Eickhoff (0-4)
  • HR: TEX - M. Napoli (8), N. Mazara (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B30000110.305.371.444.8150.5
O. Herrera CF40100012.255.314.390.7040.5
A. Altherr LF40000013.318.417.6821.099-0.5
T. Joseph DH40100020.255.328.462.7900.0
M. Saunders RF41000021.238.290.377.6670.0
M. Franco 3B30100100.212.284.364.6473.0
C. Rupp C30000023.264.356.460.816-1.0
F. Galvis SS30110010.250.297.432.7281.5
B. Stassi 1B30000012.216.286.412.697-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. DeShields LF31000110.247.319.309.6271.5
    R. Rua LF0000-000.169.222.288.000-
    E. Andrus SS40000021.281.325.444.770-1.0
    N. Mazara RF41211021.257.318.436.7546.0
    J. Lucroy DH40210011.272.318.379.6973.5
    R. Odor 2B32100122.200.257.368.6254.0
    M. Napoli 1B31321100.183.245.387.63210.0
    J. Gallo 3B40000004.189.304.520.8240.0
    R. Chirinos C40010003.268.400.6591.0591.0
    J. Hoying CF30000013.000.000.000.000-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Franco (5)
      • RBI - F. Galvis (24)
      • 2-Out RBI - F. Galvis (11)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Lucroy (5), R. Odor (6)
      • HR - N. Mazara (6), M. Napoli (8)
      • RBI - N. Mazara (27), J. Lucroy (7), M. Napoli 2 (20), R. Chirinos (12)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Mazara (6), J. Lucroy (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - A. Altherr, C. Rupp (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - E. Andrus (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Eickhoff (L, 0-4)6.07322814.531.509.0
      M. Leiter2.01221114.821.002.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Eickhoff (L, 0-4)6.0
      M. Leiter2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Y. Darvish (W, 4-2)7.04112902.760.8628.5
      A. Claudio (H, 2)1.00000102.450.003.5
      M. Bush1.00000101.230.003.5
      PITCHERSIP
      Y. Darvish (W, 4-2)7.0
      A. Claudio (H, 2)1.0
      M. Bush1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Eickhoff 99-63, M. Leiter 29-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Eickhoff 3-7, M. Leiter 4-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Eickhoff 27, M. Leiter 8
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Darvish 95-70, A. Claudio 10-7, M. Bush 7-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Darvish 7-5, A. Claudio 1-1
      • Batters Faced - Y. Darvish 27, A. Claudio 3, M. Bush 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      C. Hernandez 2B30000110.305.371.444.8150.5
      O. Herrera CF40100012.255.314.390.7040.5
      A. Altherr LF40000013.318.417.6821.099-0.5
      T. Joseph DH40100020.255.328.462.7900.0
      M. Saunders RF41000021.238.290.377.6670.0
      M. Franco 3B30100100.212.284.364.6473.0
      C. Rupp C30000023.264.356.460.816-1.0
      F. Galvis SS30110010.250.297.432.7281.5
      B. Stassi 1B30000012.216.286.412.697-0.5
      Total31141021111-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. DeShields LF31000110.247.319.309.6271.5
        R. Rua LF0000-000.169.222.288.000-
        E. Andrus SS40000021.281.325.444.770-1.0
        N. Mazara RF41211021.257.318.436.7546.0
        J. Lucroy DH40210011.272.318.379.6973.5
        R. Odor 2B32100122.200.257.368.6254.0
        M. Napoli 1B31321100.183.245.387.63210.0
        J. Gallo 3B40000004.189.304.520.8240.0
        R. Chirinos C40010003.268.400.6591.0591.0
        J. Hoying CF30000013.000.000.000.000-0.5
        Total3258523915-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Franco (5)
          • RBI - F. Galvis (24)
          • 2-Out RBI - F. Galvis (11)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Lucroy (5), R. Odor (6)
          • HR - N. Mazara (6), M. Napoli (8)
          • RBI - N. Mazara (27), J. Lucroy (7), M. Napoli 2 (20), R. Chirinos (12)
          • 2-Out RBI - N. Mazara (6), J. Lucroy (2)
          FIELDING
          • E - A. Altherr, C. Rupp (2)
          FIELDING
          • E - E. Andrus (7)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Eickhoff (L, 0-4)6.07322814.531.509.0
          M. Leiter2.01221114.821.002.5
          Total8.0854392---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Eickhoff (L, 0-4)6.0
          M. Leiter2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          Y. Darvish (W, 4-2)7.04112902.760.8628.5
          A. Claudio (H, 2)1.00000102.450.003.5
          M. Bush1.00000101.230.003.5
          Total9.04112110---
          PITCHERSIP
          Y. Darvish (W, 4-2)7.0
          A. Claudio (H, 2)1.0
          M. Bush1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Eickhoff 99-63, M. Leiter 29-18
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Eickhoff 3-7, M. Leiter 4-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Eickhoff 27, M. Leiter 8
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Darvish 95-70, A. Claudio 10-7, M. Bush 7-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Darvish 7-5, A. Claudio 1-1
          • Batters Faced - Y. Darvish 27, A. Claudio 3, M. Bush 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Napoli homered to center, Odor scored15
          • 7TH INNING
            Galvis singled to center, Saunders scored, Franco to third13
          • 5TH INNING
            Lucroy doubled to deep right, DeShields scored03
          • 4TH INNING
            Chirinos grounded out to third, Odor scored, Napoli to third02
          • 1ST INNING
            Mazara homered to right center01
          • 9TH INNING
            • M. Bush Pitching:
            • T. Joseph: Strike looking, Joseph flied out to deep center
            • M. Saunders: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Saunders struck out swinging
            • M. Franco: Ball, Franco flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • A. Claudio Pitching:
            • C. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • O. Herrera: Ball, Herrera flied out to deep right
            • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Altherr grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Leiter Pitching:
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lucroy grounded out to third
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Odor walked
            • M. Napoli: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Napoli homered to center, Odor scored
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Gallo grounded out to first
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Chirinos grounded out to third
            • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Y. Darvish Pitching:
            • T. Joseph: Joseph singled to deep left
            • M. Saunders: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Saunders reached on fielder's choice to second, Joseph out at second
            • M. Franco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Franco walked, Saunders to second
            • C. Rupp: Strike swinging, Ball, Rupp flied out to shallow center
            • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Galvis singled to center, Saunders scored, Franco to third
            • B. Stassi: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Stassi struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Leiter Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, DeShields flied out to deep right
            • E. Andrus: Foul, Ball, Andrus grounded out to second
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Mazara struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Y. Darvish Pitching:
            • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
            • B. Stassi: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Stassi safe at first on shortstop Andrus fielding error
            • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
            • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
            • A. Altherr: Altherr flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • J. Eickhoff Pitching:
            • M. Napoli: Napoli singled to center
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Gallo lined out to right
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike swinging, Chirinos flied out to deep center
            • J. Hoying: Hoying lined out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Y. Darvish Pitching:
            • T. Joseph: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Joseph struck out looking
            • M. Saunders: Saunders popped out to shortstop
            • M. Franco: Strike looking, Franco doubled to right
            • C. Rupp: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Rupp struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Eickhoff Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, DeShields walked
            • E. Andrus: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul tip, Mazara struck out on foul tip
            • J. Lucroy: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Lucroy doubled to deep right, DeShields scored
            • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Y. Darvish Pitching:
            • C. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
            • O. Herrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera grounded out to first
            • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Altherr struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Eickhoff Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Foul, Odor doubled to deep right
            • M. Napoli: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Napoli walked
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike looking, Gallo flied out to left
            • R. Chirinos: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Odor to third, Napoli to second on catcher Rupp fielding error, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Chirinos grounded out to third, Odor scored, Napoli to third
            • J. Hoying: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Hoying struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 3RD INNING
            • Y. Darvish Pitching:
            • C. Rupp: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rupp struck out swinging
            • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Galvis grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Stassi: Stassi grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Eickhoff Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, DeShields grounded out to shortstop
            • E. Andrus: Andrus lined out to center
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mazara reached on an infield single to second
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Lucroy struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • Y. Darvish Pitching:
            • T. Joseph: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Joseph struck out swinging
            • M. Saunders: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Saunders struck out on foul tip
            • M. Franco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Franco fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Eickhoff Pitching:
            • M. Napoli: Strike looking, Ball, Napoli singled to deep left, Napoli to second on left fielder Altherr fielding error
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gallo flied out to left
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Chirinos flied out to deep right, Napoli to third
            • J. Hoying: Hoying grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 1ST INNING
            • Y. Darvish Pitching:
            • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
            • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Herrera singled to center
            • A. Altherr: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Altherr grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Herrera out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Eickhoff Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Mazara homered to right center
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy singled to left
            • R. Odor: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Odor struck out looking
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)