ARLINGTON, Texas (KNTU) For the third time in his career, Yu Darvish lost a start to the Athletics while only giving up one earned run when the Oakland Athletics posted a 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers in front of 44,410 fans at Globe Life Park on Saturday, April 8.
The Rangers (1-4) had Darvish on the mound for his second start of the season. Texas, which won its first game of the season the night before against the Athletics, tried to keep the momentum going with their ace on the mound.
For the Athletics (3-3), Kendall Graveman was electric in his second start of the season and silenced the usually loud bats of the Rangers with a no hitter through six innings.
A solo shot from Mike Napoli in the seventh broke up Graveman’s no hitter and was the Rangers’ only run of the night.
For the Rangers and Darvish, it was smooth sailing in innings two through four with Darvish striking out five of the 12 batters he faced. In the fifth inning, Darvish gave up a double with one out to Rajai Davis. But Darvish caught Davis leaning and recorded his first career pick off and got out of the fifth still with no runs on the board.
In the sixth inning, Darvish gave up a leadoff walk to Matt Joyce followed by a double from Ryon Healy with no outs. Darvish managed to only allow one run to cross the plate that inning, but that was the end of his night.
The Athletics managed to get one more run across in the top of the seventh to increase their lead to 2-0. The Rangers remained hitless with two outs in the seventh when Napoli stepped to the plate. Napoli crushed a first pitch home run to center field to cut the A’s lead in half.
All the momentum the Rangers had after that solo blast quickly evaporated. Oakland’s Kris Davis doubled with one out followed by an RBI double by Jed Lawrie with two outs that Mazara, playing right field, just missed with the wind howling in the right field corner. Then with Lawrie on second, Yonder Alonso hit 2-run homer, his first of the season, to make the score 5-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth.
The Rangers went out 1-2-3, and then reliever Mike Hauschild made his major lead debut for the Rangers in the top of the ninth. He quickly found out what it felt like in the big leagues by having Davis hit a leadoff double followed by a single from Semien that extended the A’s lead to 6-1. Hauschild settled down and posted the first two strikeouts of his career. The Athletics brought in their closer Ryan Madson who made quick work of the Rangers to end the game.
The Rangers finish up a 3-game series with the Athletics on Sunday, April 9. Martin Perez is scheduled to make the first pitch for the Rangers at 2:05 p.m.