MLB: Rangers behind Darvish top Tigers and Verlander
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Justin Verlander flopped in his Texas showdown with Yu Darvish. The Japanese star was about to do the same until he settled down after the pitching duel fizzled.
Geovany Soto ended Verlander's night with a three-run homer that capped a seven-run third, and Darvish needed a career-high 130 pitches to get through eight innings in the Texas Rangers' 10-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.
Darvish gave up a home run to Jhonny Peralta, the first batter he faced after the Texas outburst that sent a shell-shocked Verlander to the Detroit dugout in his shortest outing in nearly three years. The drive made it three straight games with two homers allowed for Darvish, and pulled Detroit to 8-4.
Then the right-hander retired 15 of the final 16 Tigers he faced, including 10 straight.