Darvish perfect into 6th as Rangers bop Royals 8-4

Associated Press Modified: September 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm •  Published: September 3, 2012
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — While Yu Darvish flirted with a no-hitter, the Texas Rangers were hitting the ball over the Kauffman Stadium fences.

Darvish retired the first 17 batters, Texas hit five home runs and the Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 8-4 Monday in a game that turned testy.

Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz homered on consecutive pitches in the sixth inning. Cruz watched his drive sail over the wall, then was hit by Louis Coleman's first pitch leading off the ninth.

Cruz took a few steps to the mound, but was restrained by catcher Brayan Pena.

"It's part of the game," Pena said. "We're trying to go inside. Cruz is a very strong guy and we were trying to not let him extend his arms. He is one of my good friends and I hope he knows we were not trying to hit him."

The dugouts and bullpens emptied, but only words were exchanged. Both teams were issued a warning by plate umpire Mike Everitt.

Michael Young answered that by homering on the next pitch and Coleman was replaced by Francisley Bueno.

"That was an outstanding sequence," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Not the fact Cruz got hit, but the fact Michael hit the home run. I don't know what that was about, but undoubtedly it didn't affect us because we put another two runs on the board and got him out of the game. We was fired up already. All he did was make it shine a little brighter."

Josh Hamilton hit his 38th homer and Geovany Soto added a three-run shot as Texas won for the ninth time in 12 games. The AL West leaders moved a season-high 26 games over .500 with some more pop after hit four homers Sunday in an 8-3 victory at Cleveland.

A day after he homered and doubled in his first two big league at-bats, 19-year-old Jurickson Profar was not in the Texas lineup. Second baseman Ian Kinsler, who sat out Sunday with a stiff back, returned to the lineup.

Darvish (14-9), who retired the final seven batters he faced in his previous start, did not allow a runner until two out in the sixth when he walked Johnny Giavotella on a close full-count pitch.

"When I threw that pitch — it was a slider — I tried to throw it right down the middle," Darvish said through an interpreter. "It ended up being on the outer edge, a very close call. At that moment, I wanted the call, but later after that inning I looked at the replay video and saw that it was fairly a ball. So it just goes to show the umpires are right and good. And that hitter had a very good take, a very good at-bat."



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