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Home News-Telegram Sports Pro Sports Darvish pitches Texas to 7th straight win

Darvish pitches Texas to 7th straight win

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ARLINGTON — Yu Darvish struck out nine over seven solid innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 on Tuesday night to stretch the majors’ longest active winning streak to seven games.

Nomar Mazara had a solo homer in the first, and Mike Napoli hit a two-run shot in the eighth. Napoli, who came in hitting .165, went 3 for 3.

Darvish (4-2) allowed four hits and two walks. He preserved a two-run lead by striking out Brock Stassi with runners at first and second after he allowed his only run on an RBI single by Freddy Galvis in the seventh inning.

Darvish was making his 14th interleague start and lowered his career ERA to 2.19 against the National League. He became the sixth Japanese pitcher to reach 50 career MLB victories.

In his 109th start, Darvish joined Hideo Nomo (123), Hiroki Kuroda (79), Hisashi Iwakuma (63), Daisuke Matsuzaka (56) and Tomo Ohka (51).

Closer Matt Bush struck out one in a perfect ninth after Napoli’s homer eliminated a save situation.

Phillies starter Jared Eickhoff (0-4) struck out eight and allowed seven hits in his first career start against the franchise that drafted him in 2011. Eickhoff was traded to Philadelphia in a deal that included LHP Cole Hamels in 2015.




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