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Darvish, Texas deny Miami bid for interleague mark

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 11, 2014 at 11:06 pm •  Published: June 11, 2014
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yu Darvish let out a good yell and pumped both fists before catcher Chris Gimenez greeted him in front of the mound.

The Texas ace wasn't necessarily celebrating his first complete game in the major leagues. His battery mate says he does that all the time.

"He just kind of looked at me and goes, 'Yeah!' That's what I said back to him," Gimenez said. "He likes going 'Yes!' all the time. We kind of goof around with each other about it."

This was their best reason yet to have a little fun.

Darvish struck out 10 in his six-hitter, Shin-Soo Choo broke a long hitless streak with a three-run double and the Rangers denied Miami's bid for a record interleague winning streak, beating the Marlins 6-0 Wednesday night.

Darvish (7-2) struck out the side in the eighth to end a streak of one baserunner in each of the first seven innings for the Marlins.

The Japanese right-hander wrapped up his 73rd career start by getting Garrett Jones to swing at a pitch in the dirt. Gimenez had to finish it off with a throw to first.

The closest Darvish had come to a complete game were the two times he lost a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth inning. The first was a perfect game bid against Houston last year. The other was against Boston a month ago, although a scoring change a few days later altered that.

"I wasn't really conscious of throwing a complete game," Darvish said through an translator. "I thought I was going to be out of the game after the eighth inning, but when (manager Ron Washington) told me that I'm going in the ninth inning as well, I decided to go. And I also wanted to face (Giancarlo) Stanton again."

Darvish gave up his final single to Stanton leading off the ninth, but Casey McGehee grounded into Miami's third double play before Jones whiffed.

"I don't think we really have anybody like that," Miami manager Mike Redmond said when asked what NL pitchers compared to Darvish, who was facing the Marlins for the first time.

The Marlins had to settle for tying the New York Yankees (2003-04) and Tampa Bay (2004) for the longest interleague winning streak at 13 games. It was Miami's first interleague loss since last Aug. 12 at Kansas City.

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