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Yu Darvish pitches Rangers to seventh consecutive victory Yu Darvish struck out nine as Texas stretch the majors’ longest active winning streak. Post to Facebook Yu Darvish pitches Rangers to seventh consecutive victory Yu Darvish struck out nine as Texas stretch the majors’ longest active winning streak. https://usat.ly/2roJZWv 1 To Yu Darvish pitches Rangers to seventh consecutive victory AP Published 11:11 p.m. ET May 16, 2017 | Updated 34 minutes ago Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) reacts after striking out a batter in the fourth inning against the Phillies at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Photo: Tim Heitman, USA TODAY Sports) CONNECT 1 COMMENT EMAIL MORE
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — 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.
Robinson Chirinos had an RBI groundout in the second inning and Jonathan Lucroy had an RBI double in the fifth to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead after Mazara’s homer.
Texas’ win streak is the second-longest in the big leagues this season. The Yankees won eight games between April 9 and 17.
Rangers manager Jeff Banister said he’ll give Jared Hoying a couple games in center field after Carlos Gomez (right hamstring) was put on the disabled list and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Hoying was called up on Tuesday from Triple-A and went 0 for 3.
“I’m sure that there is still part of Jared that wants to show he’s a major league player,” Banister said. “Don’t know that he’s ever had an opportunity to have consistent at-bats. He’s probably going to get that opportunity now.”
Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola will return to the Phillies rotation Sunday against Pittsburgh. Nola (lower-back strain) pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a Triple-A rehab start Monday.
Rangers: Texas moved INF Hanser Alberto (right shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday to make room for Hoying on the 40-man roster. … Banister said 3B Adrian Beltre (calf strain) jogged in the outfield at 50 percent and took batting practice.
Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin is making his sixth start and has yet to pick up a decision since returning from a knee injury April 18.
Rangers: RHP Andrew Cashner is winless in six starts with a 2.43 ERA.
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