Final in 12

Series: Game 1 of 3

Texas leads 1-0 (as of 4/11)

Game 1: Friday, April 11
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Game 2: Saturday, April 12
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Game 3: Sunday, April 13
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Astros 0

(4-7, 1-3 away)

Rangers 1

(5-5, 3-1 home)

    8:05 PM ET, April 11, 2014

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    W: J. Frasor (1-0)

    L: B. Peacock (0-1)

    Rangers need 12 to finish Astros after Yu Darvish's strong start

    Associated Press

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- There's a pattern when Yu Darvish pitches against the Astros.

    Darvish took a perfect-game bid into the sixth inning, and the Texas Rangers finally finished off the Astros 1-0 on Robinson Chirinos' RBI single in the 12th inning Friday night.

    Darvish retired his first 15 batters before Matt Dominguez singled softly to center, one pitch after Alex Rios nearly caught Dominguez's foul into the right-field corner before running into the padded wall as the ball landed.

    Darvish came within one out of a perfect game in Houston on April 2 last year, when Marwin Gonzalez grounded a single between the pitcher's legs. He held the Astros hitless in Houston last Aug. 12 before Carlos Corporan's one-out homer in the eighth.

    "It's sheer luck," Darvish said through an interpreter. "But if I could pitch like this in every game, it would be very nice."

    Darvish allowed just the one hit and one walk in eight innings with nine strikeouts. He fanned five consecutive batters in the third and fourth innings, all swinging. Darvish said he didn't realize he was pitching a no-hitter.

    "I was only focused on not giving up runs, so it really didn't matter to me," he said.

    Darvish pitched despite bleeding from the knuckle of his right thumb in the middle innings. He said that happened to him multiple times when he pitched in Japan and has never affected his control.

    "When he left the game," Astros manager Bo Porter said, "we just thought, 'Let's take our shot at somebody else.'"

    But the Texas bullpen limited Houston one more hit and two walks, completing a two-hitter.

    Darvish hasn't allowed a run in 15 innings through two starts. Rangers manager Ron Washington said he sees a crisper Darvish than the one who led the major leagues in strikeouts last season.

    "In a way, he's just saying he can do anything that he wants to do with that baseball," Washington said.

    Former President George W. Bush -- a former Rangers owner -- watched with Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, who quit as Texas' controlling owner last October and became executive adviser of the Astros.

    Texas was 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position and had stranded 15 runners before Chirinos' hit off Brad Peacock (0-1). The Rangers loaded the bases with no outs in the 10th.

    "I don't get frustrated," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "When you get frustrated, you're blind to what's going on."

    Kevin Kouzmanoff singled with one out, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Chirinos' hit to center, ending the game after 4 hours, 11 minutes. Texas left the field with its third straight walkoff win at home.

    Jason Frasor (1-0) worked a hitless inning for the victory.

    Astros starter Scott Feldman, pitching two days after his 70-year-old father died, allowed two hits in seven innings.

    "I knew without a doubt he would want me to pitch," said Feldman, a former Ranger pitching for the first time as a visitor in Arlington. "I had to go out and keep my emotions in check. I think he was watching. He was a big baseball fan. I knew he would want me to do a good job."

    Game notes


    Rangers RHP Colby Lewis, who hasn't pitched since July 2012 because of arm and hip injuries, is scheduled to start early next week. ... Astros RHP Matt Albers returned from paternity leave Friday. His wife, Tara, delivered their first child, Mason James. ... The Rangers returned RHP Seth Rosin to the Philadelphia Phillies, who assigned him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Rosin (1-0) was taken by the New York Mets in the winter meeting draft, traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers and traded to Texas on March 26.

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    Game Information

    StadiumGlobe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, TX
    Attendance36,150 (75% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time4:11
    Weather82 degrees, clear
    Wind15 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Marty Foster, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Alan Porter, Third Base - Joe West

    Research Notes

    Yu Darvish is 2nd Rangers pitcher to have 3 career games of at least 8 IP and 1 hit or fewer allowed. The other is Nolan Ryan (6 games).
    Since the start of last season, Yu Darvish has recorded 129 strikeouts with his slider, the most in the majors with the pitch over that span. The Houston Astros have struck out 424 times against the slider since the start of last season, 36 more times than any other team in the majors. Darvish has recorded 52 strikeouts in five games against the Astros since the start of last year, 27 of which came via the slider.

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