All-Star Darvish ragged in 9-5 loss to Astros

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 7, 2013 at 12:05 am •  Published: July 7, 2013
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yu Darvish is headed to his second All-Star game in as many seasons with the Texas Rangers.

However, on Saturday night the Japanese ace didn't pitch much like he belonged in the midseason showcase.

Darvish gave up a two-run homer to Brandon Barnes and a two-run single to another rookie, Marc Krauss. He ended up with the loss when Jason Castro hit a tiebreaking three-run homer off Robbie Ross in the Houston Astros' 9-5 victory over the Rangers.

"Looking at today's performance, I didn't perform like an All-Star," Darvish said. "It's unbelievable that I was being selected."

Castro celebrated his first All-Star selection — the first for Houston in the American League — by breaking a 4-all tie when the left-handed hitter sent a drive just to the right of the lawn in center field off the lefty Ross.

"I grew up watching the All-Star game," Castro said. "One of the goals, along with winning the World Series, is playing in the All-Star game. It's still kind of surreal. It might not sink in until I get to New York."

The Astros built a 4-0 lead on Darvish (8-4) with Barnes' two-run homer in the fourth and Krauss' bases-loaded single in the fifth. It was the first run-scoring hit of Krauss' major league career.

Geovany Soto pulled the Rangers even in the sixth, following Mitch Moreland's sacrifice fly, with a three-run homer off Wesley Wright.

Travis Blackley (1-0) got the win with 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief.

Darvish came out after walking Jose Altuve to start the seventh, and Brett Wallace was hit by a pitch from Ross. Castro, who had two hits and scored twice, followed with his 12th homer.

Wallace reached base all five times, adding two doubles and two walks.

"There was a feeling on the bench that we had put together some pretty good at-bats and that we could break through," said Castro, who also twice threw out Ian Kinsler trying to steal. "Darvish is a great pitcher. He's one of the best in baseball for a reason.

"We were trying to simplify and narrow down what we do at the plate."

Darvish, the major league strikeout leader, had six in six innings, but gave up six hits and a season-high five earned runs.

The right-hander, who came within an out of a perfect game in the second game of the season against the Astros, tied his season high with four walks. He has just one win in his past nine outings.

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