RIGHTHANDER Yu Darvish had a season-high 10 strikeouts pitching into the ninth inning and worked out of a couple of jams for the Texas Rangers in a 2-0 victory over the visiting New York Yankees and countryman Hiroki Kuroda on Tuesday night.
In only the seventh MLB matchup ever of Japanese starters, Darvish (3-0) allowed seven hits and walked a season-low two in 8 1/3 innings. The 10 strikeouts were the most by a Texas pitcher this season.
Darvish was replaced by Joe Nathan with one out in the ninth. Nathan secured his fifth save by getting Raul Ibanez to ground into a doubleplay.
Ian Kinsler put Texas ahead to stay when he led off the first with a deep homer to left-center off Kuroda (1-3), who limited Texas to two runs and five hits over 6 2/3 innings. The 37-year-old right-hander, in his fifth season in the majors, struck out five and walked one.
Robinson Cano went 2-for-4 with a double and a single for the Yankees, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.
In other games *
At Baltimore, Tommy Hunter allowed three hits over six innings, Matt Wieters homered off the glove of leftfielder Eric Thames, and the Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 2-1.
Hunter (2-1) allowed one run, walked three and struck out three. The only runner to get past first base against the righthander was Thames, who hit a long home run in the third inning.
* At Minneapolis, David Ortiz had three RBI, including a two-run homer in the fourth inning as the Boston Red Sox downed the Minnesota Twins, 11-2.
* At St. Petersburg, Fla., David Price pitched a five-hitter for his second career shutout, Tampa Bay homered four times, and the Rays beat the Los Angeles Angels, 5-0.
Price (3-1) gave up all singles in his first shutout since a four-hitter against Toronto on April 25, 2010. His only other complete game came July 2, 2010, against the Twins.
Desmond Jennings, Luke Scott, B.J. Upton and Carlos Pena hit solo homers off Angels starter Ervin Santana (0-4), who has given up at least two home runs in each of his first four starts this season - a total of 10 overall.
* At Detroit, Alex Liddi had a career-high three hits, including a solo homer, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Tigers, 7-4.
Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila homered for the Tigers, but it wasn't enough to overcome an early 4-0 deficit.
* At Cleveland, Derek Lowe (3-1) allowed one run over six innings and the Indians handed the Kansas City Royals their 12th straight loss, 4-3.
The Royals have been outscored 73-44 during the streak, which ties for third-longest in team history. They also lost 12 in a row in 1997 and 2008. Kansas City lost 13 straight in 2006 and had a team-record 19 consecutive losses in 2005.
White Sox pitcher Phil Humber has flown home to Chicago to be with his wife as they prepare for the birth of their first child.
The team says Humber, who pitched the 21st perfect game in major league history Saturday at Seattle, will maintain his workouts ahead of his next scheduled start on Thursday at home against Boston.