Darvish, Mazara lead Rangers over Astros 6-1

HOUSTON (AP) Yu Darvish was determined to pitch better Monday night after struggling in his last outing against the Houston Astros.

The right-hander was able to do that, pitching seven solid innings to help the Texas Rangers beat their in-state rival 6-1.

Darvish (6-4) allowed a season-low one hit with one run and three walks. He induced a season-best 12 groundball outs. This start came after he tied a season-worst by allowing seven hits with three runs in just five innings in a 7-1 loss to Houston on June 2.

''It was a great night for Yu,'' Texas manager Jeff Banister said. ''His sinker played very well to both sides of the plate. He was able to run the four-seam up and down to left-handers. Curveball showed up big for him early; didn't break out the slider until the sixth, which allowed him to get some late outs.''

Darvish said his sinker was the key to his success Monday.

''I usually stay with my strength and I go with my stuff, what I've got on the day,'' he said through a translator. ''But (after) that previous outing ... I just studied hard on each hitter and what their tendencies are and I went at it today.''

The Rangers went up 2-0 on back-to-back triples by Rougned Odor and Joey Gallo in the third inning.

The Astros got an RBI single by Alex Bregman in the fifth, but a run-scoring double by Adrian Beltre gave the Rangers some insurance in the sixth inning.

Nomar Mazara provided more cushion with his three-run shot to straightaway center field off Dayan Diaz with two outs in the eighth to make it 6-1.

Houston starter Joe Musgrove (4-5) allowed five hits and two runs in 4 2/3 innings in his return from the disabled list. Musgrove had been out since May 26 with shoulder discomfort.

''He was good,'' manager A.J. Hinch said. ''We were very cautious with his pitch count, obviously. Seventy five was as high as we wanted to go, so I went out to get him.''

Jonathan Lucroy singled with two outs in the second inning and scored on the triple by Odor to put Texas up 1-0. Gallo followed with his triple to score Odor, but was tagged out at home to end the inning.

Right fielder Josh Reddick crashed into the wall trying to make a catch on the ball hit by Gallo and was taken out of the game to start the fourth inning. He was diagnosed with a mild concussion.

Darvish kept the Astros off-balance all night. He retired the first seven before walking Bregman with one out in the third. Nori Aoki grounded into a force out that left Bregman out at second before Darvish retired George Springer to end that inning.

Carlos Beltran drew a walk to start the fifth, before the RBI single by Bregman which cut the lead to 2-1 with two outs in the inning. Bregman's hit sailed into shallow left field, and Mazara charged in but was unable to make the catch.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: CF Carlos Gomez (right hamstring) is nearing a rehab assignment and will likely play three games in the minors before he returns to the team.

Astros: RHP Lance McCullers was placed on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to June 9 with discomfort in his lower back. The move leaves Houston with four starting pitchers on the DL as ace Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton are on the 10-day DL and Collin McHugh is on the 60-day DL. The Astros don't think the injury to McCullers is serious and expect him to return as soon as the 10 days are up.

2K AOKI

The Astros honored Aoki a day after he surpassed the 2,000-hit mark between the American and Japanese major leagues. The milestone earned him automatic entrance into Meikyukai - also known as The Golden Players Club - one of two Japanese baseball halls of fame.

Aoki was presented with a black cowboy hat and a shadow box commemorating his milestone in a pregame ceremony.

He has 1,284 hits in Japan and 717 in the majors.

HOMER STREAK SNAPPED

The Astros failed to hit a home run on Monday to snap their franchise-record 19-game streak with at least one home run.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Texas will start Nick Martinez (1-3, 4.88) on Tuesday. Martinez allowed one hit in 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief in his last outing.

Astros: Brad Peacock (3-1, 3.15) will start on Tuesday on three days' rest in place of McCullers. Peacock exited his last start after just three innings after allowing seven hits, four walks and four runs in a 9-4 loss to the Angels on Friday.

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  • W: Y. Darvish (6-4)L: J. Musgrove (4-5)
  • HR: TEX - N. Mazara (8)
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J. Hoying CF10000011.228.274.316.590-0.5
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E. Andrus SS31000112.297.341.458.7991.5
A. Beltre 3B40210012.351.419.541.9593.5
N. Mazara LF41131012.287.351.466.8177.5
J. Lucroy DH41100002.260.302.384.6862.0
R. Odor 2B41210000.210.251.369.6208.0
J. Gallo 1B30110121.203.303.520.8234.0
R. Chirinos C40000032.225.303.500.803-1.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF40000002.274.345.527.8720.0
    J. Reddick RF10000000.281.338.443.7800.0
    M. Gonzalez LF10000210.311.410.6091.0191.5
    J. Altuve 2B40000003.317.386.504.8900.0
    C. Correa SS40100021.298.372.509.8811.0
    C. Beltran DH31000101.234.282.408.6902.0
    B. McCann C40000022.265.360.483.843-1.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B40000002.271.304.433.7380.0
    A. Bregman 3B20110100.248.324.402.7263.0
    N. Aoki RF20000002.265.313.324.6373.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Beltre (4)
      • 3B - R. Odor (2), J. Gallo (2)
      • HR - N. Mazara (8)
      • RBI - A. Beltre (7), N. Mazara 3 (44), R. Odor (26), J. Gallo (37)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Mazara 3 (12), R. Odor (13), J. Gallo (17)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Correa (13)
      • RBI - A. Bregman (23)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman (12)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. DeShields (14), S. Choo (6), R. Odor (6)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - N. Aoki (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - C. Correa, Y. Gurriel, J. Altuve
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Y. Darvish (W, 6-4)7.01113403.031.0928.0
      J. Jeffress2.01001105.041.804.5
      PITCHERSIP
      Y. Darvish (W, 6-4)7.0
      J. Jeffress2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Musgrove (L, 4-5)4.25221204.811.410.0
      C. Devenski1.11111002.610.820.0
      T. Sipp1.01221204.911.250.0
      D. Diaz2.02110519.451.655.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Musgrove (L, 4-5)4.2
      C. Devenski1.1
      T. Sipp1.0
      D. Diaz2.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Jeffress
      • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Darvish 103-62, J. Jeffress 33-22
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Darvish 12-5, J. Jeffress 2-3
      • Batters Faced - Y. Darvish 25, J. Jeffress 9
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Diaz (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 75-47, C. Devenski 18-12, T. Sipp 18-10, D. Diaz 37-24
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 4-6, D. Diaz 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 18, C. Devenski 6, T. Sipp 5, D. Diaz 8
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      D. DeShields CF31100101.294.354.357.7115.0
      J. Hoying CF10000011.228.274.316.590-0.5
      S. Choo RF41100001.255.373.423.7964.0
      E. Andrus SS31000112.297.341.458.7991.5
      A. Beltre 3B40210012.351.419.541.9593.5
      N. Mazara LF41131012.287.351.466.8177.5
      J. Lucroy DH41100002.260.302.384.6862.0
      R. Odor 2B41210000.210.251.369.6208.0
      J. Gallo 1B30110121.203.303.520.8234.0
      R. Chirinos C40000032.225.303.500.803-1.5
      Total3469613914-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        G. Springer CF40000002.274.345.527.8720.0
        J. Reddick RF10000000.281.338.443.7800.0
        M. Gonzalez LF10000210.311.410.6091.0191.5
        J. Altuve 2B40000003.317.386.504.8900.0
        C. Correa SS40100021.298.372.509.8811.0
        C. Beltran DH31000101.234.282.408.6902.0
        B. McCann C40000022.265.360.483.843-1.0
        Y. Gurriel 1B40000002.271.304.433.7380.0
        A. Bregman 3B20110100.248.324.402.7263.0
        N. Aoki RF20000002.265.313.324.6373.0
        Total2912104513-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Beltre (4)
          • 3B - R. Odor (2), J. Gallo (2)
          • HR - N. Mazara (8)
          • RBI - A. Beltre (7), N. Mazara 3 (44), R. Odor (26), J. Gallo (37)
          • 2-Out RBI - N. Mazara 3 (12), R. Odor (13), J. Gallo (17)
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Correa (13)
          • RBI - A. Bregman (23)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman (12)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - D. DeShields (14), S. Choo (6), R. Odor (6)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - N. Aoki (4)
          FIELDING
          • DP - C. Correa, Y. Gurriel, J. Altuve
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          Y. Darvish (W, 6-4)7.01113403.031.0928.0
          J. Jeffress2.01001105.041.804.5
          Total9.0211450---
          PITCHERSIP
          Y. Darvish (W, 6-4)7.0
          J. Jeffress2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Musgrove (L, 4-5)4.25221204.811.410.0
          C. Devenski1.11111002.610.820.0
          T. Sipp1.01221204.911.250.0
          D. Diaz2.02110519.451.655.5
          Total9.0966391---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Musgrove (L, 4-5)4.2
          C. Devenski1.1
          T. Sipp1.0
          D. Diaz2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Jeffress
          • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Darvish 103-62, J. Jeffress 33-22
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Darvish 12-5, J. Jeffress 2-3
          • Batters Faced - Y. Darvish 25, J. Jeffress 9
          PITCHING
          • WP - D. Diaz (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 75-47, C. Devenski 18-12, T. Sipp 18-10, D. Diaz 37-24
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 4-6, D. Diaz 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 18, C. Devenski 6, T. Sipp 5, D. Diaz 8
          • 8TH INNING
            Mazara homered to center, DeShields and Choo scored61
          • 6TH INNING
            Beltre doubled to deep right center, Andrus scored31
          • 5TH INNING
            Bregman singled to left, Beltran scored21
          • 2ND INNING
            Gallo tripled to deep right, Odor scored, Gallo out at home20
            Odor tripled to left center, Lucroy scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • D. Diaz Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Odor singled to right
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Odor stole second
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Odor to third on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • J. Hoying: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Hoying struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Jeffress Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Correa doubled to left center
            • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Beltran flied out to right
            • B. McCann: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, McCann struck out looking
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Gurriel lined out to left
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • T. Sipp Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, DeShields walked
            • S. Choo: Choo reached on bunt single to second, DeShields to second
            • Dayan Diaz relieved Tony Sipp
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to second, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, DeShields stole third Choo to second
            • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Beltre struck out swinging
            • N. Mazara: Mazara homered to center, DeShields and Choo scored
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lucroy grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jared Hoying in center
            • Jeremy Jeffress relieved Yu Darvish
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman flied out to center
            • N. Aoki: Strike looking, Ball, Aoki hit by pitch
            • G. Springer: Foul, Springer reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Aoki out at second
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez walked, Springer to second
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Altuve grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Tony Sipp relieved Chris Devenski
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Odor popped out to second
            • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Darvish Pitching:
            • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Beltran popped out to first
            • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel lined out to center
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Devenski Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo lined out to left
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Andrus walked
            • A. Beltre: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Beltre doubled to deep right center, Andrus scored
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Mazara flied out to right
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Lucroy fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Darvish Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Springer grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Altuve lined out to left
            • C. Correa: Pickoff attempt, Correa grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Musgrove Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Foul, Foul, Odor lined out to right
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gallo walked
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul tip, Chirinos struck out on foul tip
            • Chris Devenski relieved Joe Musgrove
            • D. DeShields: DeShields fouled out to third
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Darvish Pitching:
            • C. Beltran: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Beltran walked
            • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, McCann grounded out to first, Beltran to second
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gurriel grounded out to third
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bregman singled to left, Beltran scored
            • N. Aoki: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Aoki grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Marwin Gonzalez in left
            • Norichika Aoki in right
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Andrus popped out to first
            • A. Beltre: Foul, Ball, Ball, Beltre singled to left
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Lucroy fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Darvish Pitching:
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Altuve popped out to second
            • C. Correa: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Musgrove Pitching:
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Chirinos grounded out to shortstop
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, DeShields singled to right center
            • S. Choo: Pickoff attempt, Choo grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, DeShields out at second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Darvish Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gurriel grounded out to third
            • A. Bregman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bregman walked
            • N. Aoki: Aoki reached on fielder's choice to second, Bregman out at second
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Aoki stole second, Ball, Springer grounded out to third
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Musgrove Pitching:
            • A. Beltre: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Beltre lined out to right
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Foul, Mazara grounded out to third
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Lucroy singled to center
            • R. Odor: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Odor tripled to left center, Lucroy scored
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo tripled to deep right, Odor scored, Gallo out at home
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Darvish Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
            • C. Beltran: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Beltran grounded out to second
            • B. McCann: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, McCann flied out to left
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Musgrove Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, DeShields flied out to deep right
            • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Choo lined out to first
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Andrus grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Darvish Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Springer grounded out to third
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick grounded out to second
            • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)