Geovany Soto ended Justin Verlander’s night with a three-run homer that capped a seven-run third, and Yu Darvish lasted eight innings as an anticipated pitching duel fizzled in the Rangers’ 10-4 victory against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night in Arlington, Texas.
Soto’s drive just over the wall in left field came after Verlander walked in two runs — he had three previous bases-loaded walks in his career.
Darvish (7-1) won his fifth straight decision despite allowing two home runs for the third start in a row. Baseball’s strikeout leader needed a career-high 130 pitches and matched his season low of six strikeouts.
Verlander (4-4) gave up six hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 2⅔ innings, his shortest outing since going two innings in a 14-6 loss to the New York Mets on June 22, 2010.
Right after the Texas outburst, Darvish gave up a homer to Jhonny Peralta, but retired 15 of the final 16 Tigers he faced, including the last 10.
Darvish ran into trouble first when five of the first six Detroit hitters in the third inning reached, starting with Don Kelly’s first home run of the season into the lower porch in right field. Torii Hunter and Victor Martinez had sacrifice flies to put the Tigers ahead 3-1.
Verlander, the AL’s strikeout leader the past two years, gave up consecutive singles to start the first and third innings. The Rangers scored just once in the first, but the right-hander couldn’t survive the third once his control escaped him.
Between them, Verlander and Darvish threw 74 pitches in the third inning and allowed 12 base runners and 10 runs. It wasn’t quite the duel fans expected in Arlington’s most anticipated pitching matchup since Nolan Ryan beat Roger Clemens, 2-1, in 1989.
Mariners 3, Yankees 2 — Andy Pettitte and Chris Stewart became the latest Yankees to get hurt, and Seattle’s emergency starter, Hector Noesi, pitched into the fifth in place of ailing Aaron Harang to lead Seattle over the hosts.
Pettitte (4-3) left after 4⅔ innings because of an injured back muscle near his left shoulder. New York said Pettitte hurt his trapezius muscle, and there was no immediate word on his prognosis.
Pettitte allowed two runs, four hits, and three walks with five strikeouts. He had been seeking his 250th big league win.
Brendan Ryan had a go-ahead infield single to the shortstop hole with the bases loaded in the fourth for the Mariners.
White Sox 5, Angels 4 — Adam Dunn drove in the tying run and scored the winning run in the eighth, Addison Reed pitched a scoreless ninth for his 13th save, and visiting Chicago beat Los Angeles.
Mets 5, Cardinals 2 — Daniel Murphy and David Wright combined for five hits and three RBIs against Adam Wainwright and New York snapped a six-game losing streak with a victory in St. Louis.
Jonathan Niese (3-4) allowed two runs on six hits in 7⅓ innings, his longest outing of the season. He ended his four-game losing streak over five starts since a win at Minnesota on April 12.
Reds 5, Marlins 3 — NL RBI leader Brandon Phillips homered in the sixth inning and drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th, helping visiting Cincinnati complete its second three-game sweep in a row.
Pirates 7, Brewers 1 — Travis Snider homered for the first time in nine months and drove in three runs to lead host Pittsburgh past reeling Milwaukee.
Pirates starter Francisco Liriano (2-0) allowed one run on six hits over 5⅔ innings, striking out seven and walking three.
Giants 8, Rockies 6 — Angel Pagan broke a tie with a two-run single in the sixth, Matt Cain settled down after a shaky start, and visiting San Francisco rallied from a six-run deficit to win its 10th straight over Colorado.
Nationals 6, Padres 2 — Stephen Strasburg pitched a career-high eight innings in his first start in his hometown of San Diego, and Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche homered to lead Washington past the Padres.