Yu Darvish kicked off the season as an early American League Cy Young candidate, and he was back in old form after coming off of the disabled list and shutting down the New York Yankees.
The Texas Rangers defeated the Yankees, 3-0, in large part to Darvish giving up just two hits and no runs in 6.1 innings. He would leave the game with his team already up 2-0.
Adrian Beltre kicked things off in the first inning by bringing in the leadoff walk, Ian Kinsler, after Kinsler stole second base with two outs. Geovany Soto would hit his fourth double of the season in the sixth inning to bring in Elvis Andrus, who also walked to reach the bases.
Nelson Cruz hit his 23rd home run of the season for added insurance to protect Darvish’s ninth win of the season. The game remained in closing range, giving Joe Nathan his 31st save.
The Yankees had just three hits on the night, two of them coming from Lyle Overbay. They’ve lost eight of their last 12 games after opening up the month of July with a six-game winning streak.