Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish notched his first complete game in the major leagues tonight. Darvish shut out the Marlins on six hits while striking out ten. Darvish threw 76 of his 116 pitches for strikes.
The Rangers’ win snapped the Marlins record-tying 13 game interleague win streak. This was the Marlins’ first loss in interleague play since August of last year.
Darvish has flirted with perfection before, when he retired the first 26 batters he faced on April 2, 2013 against the Houston Astros. He gave up a hit to the 27th batter, shortstop Marwin Gonzalez, before being lifted from the game. Darvish has taken two shutouts into the ninth inning, but was not allowed to finish either game.
Designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo led the offense for the Rangers with four RBI and two hits on night. His big hit gave Texas a 2-0 lead on a two run double in the third inning. The Rangers never looked back.
Darvish got off to a bit of a rough start, walking Christian Yelich to open the game, and sending him to second base on a wild pitch. He then struck out Ed Lucas, got Giancarlo Stanton to pop out, and got Casey McGehee to line out.
Yelich was the only Marlin to pass first base on the night.
Jacob Turner took the loss for the Marlins. He lasted only four innings and gave up five runs on six hits and a walk.
Yu Darvish will try to match the feat in his next start on Tuesday at Oakland.