Yu Darvish had a season-high 10 strikeouts pitching into the ninth inning and worked out of a couple of jams for the Rangers in a 2-0 victory over the New York Yankees and countryman Hiroki Kuroda Tuesday night at Arlington, Texas.
In only the seventh MLB matchup ever of Japanese starters, Darvish (3-0) gave up seven hits and walked a season-low two in 8 1/3 innings. The 10 strikeouts were the most by a Texas pitcher this season.
Ian Kinsler put the Rangers ahead to stay when he led off the first with a deep homer to left center off Kuroda (1-3), who limited Texas to two runs and five hits over 6 2/3 innings. The 37-year-old righthander, in his fifth season in the majors, struck out five and walked one.
But Kuroda was outpitched by Darvish, the 25-year-old righty making only his fourth major league start - and getting better each time on the mound.
Rays 5, Angels 0 - David Price pitched a five-hitter for his second career shutout and was backed by four homers for host Tampa Bay.
Price (3-1) gave up all singles in his first shutout since a four-hitter against Toronto April 25, 2010. His only other complete game came July 2, 2010, against Minnesota.
Desmond Jennings, Luke Scott, B.J. Upton, and Carlos Pena hit solo homers off Angels starter Ervin Santana (0-4), who has given up at least two home runs in each of his first four starts this season - a total of 10 overall. Don Sutton, in 1986, is the only other Angels pitcher to allow multiple homers in his first four starts, according to STATS LLC.
Orioles 2, Blue Jays 1 - Tommy Hunter gave up three hits over six innings, Matt Wieters homered off the glove of left fielder Eric Thames, and host Baltimore beat Toronto.
Hunter (2-1) surrendered one run, walked three, and struck out three.
Reds 9, Giants 2 - Mat Latos finally got his first win for Cincinnati, pitching seven shutout innings, and Brandon Phillips homered and drove in three runs in the victory over visiting San Francisco.
Latos (1-2) came to the Reds in a four-player deal with San Diego and acknowledged trying too hard to impress his new team. He was back on his game against the Giants, allowing only four singles.
Nationals 3, Padres 1 - Gio Gonzalez ran his scoreless innings streak to 20 over three starts and NL East-leading Washington beat host San Diego on just four hits.
Braves 4, Dodgers 3 - Chipper Jones homered on his 40th birthday, Martin Prado had two RBIs including a run-scoring triple in the ninth inning, and Atlanta beat Los Angeles at Chavez Ravine.
Mariners 7, Tigers 4 - Alex Liddi had a career-high three hits, including a solo homer, and Seattle won in Detroit.
Mets 2, Marlins 1 - Jose Reyes went hitless in his return to Citi Field and Lucas Duda lined a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning that caromed off reliever Edward Mujica, sending host New York past Miami.
Brewers 9, Astros 6 - Rickie Weeks capped a five-run sixth inning with a three-run homer - one of four Milwaukee homers in the game - and Randy Wolf picked up his first win of the season, over visiting Houston.
Cubs 3, Cardinals 2 - Alfonso Soriano hit a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning and host Chicago ended St. Louis’s run of 13 consecutive winning series.
Pirates 5, Rockies 4 - Andrew McCutchen had three RBIs, Casey McGehee drove in the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning single, and host Pittsburgh beat Colorado.
Phillies 8, Diamondbacks 5 - Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer, snapping an 0-for-16 slump, and Philadelphia went on to beat Arizona in Phoenix.
Athletics 2, White Sox 0 - Pinch-hitter Kurt Suzuki doubled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, Tommy Milone outdueled Gavin Floyd, and host Oakland beat Chicago.
Indians 4, Royals 3 - Derek Lowe gave up one run over six innings and host Cleveland handed Kansas City its 12th straight loss.