8:05 PM ET, June 6, 2014
Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
Choice hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning after Darvish blew a four-run lead and the Rangers snapped Cleveland's six-game winning streak with a 6-4 victory over the Indians on Friday night.
The decisive shot from Choice came after his RBI single in a four-run second. A night earlier, he homered to give the Rangers another big early lead they couldn't hold before going on to beat Baltimore.
"I feel like I started out kind of passive at the plate, trying to feel guys out," said Choice, who is getting his first extensive time in the big leagues after an offseason trade brought him from Oakland. "And lately I've tried to be more aggressive and be not so picky at the plate."
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Choice went the opposite way just over the right field wall against Marc Rzepczynski (0-2) with two outs for a solo homer. The shot made a winner of Darvish (6-2) after the Japanese ace gave up a season-high nine hits in seven innings.
Lonnie Chisenhall and Asdrubal Cabrera homered off Darvish to wipe out a 4-0 deficit, but the Indians followed a 6-0 homestand by starting a 10-game trip with their fifth straight road loss. They have the worst record in the majors away from home at 9-20.
Chisenhall hit the first three-run homer Darvish has allowed in his three big league seasons, a shot off the foul pole in right field in the third inning. The Indians pulled even an inning later on a solo shot to right by Cabrera, who had three hits.
"When you're going against a guy like him who never gives in, his best stuff every night, the best stuff in the league, it's a good feeling to answer back real quick and he's not able to get comfortable," Chisenhall said.
Trevor Bauer had retired 13 of the last 15 Rangers he faced without allowing a hit when Rzepczynski came on to face the left-handed Leonys Martin and struck him out. But Choice put the Rangers ahead on the next pitch.
Rzepczynski "was just trying to get ahead like he does and sink it," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. "It just caught too much of the plate."
Cleveland had a good chance to take the lead in the sixth after singles from Yan Gomes, his third of the game, and Carlos Santana. But Darvish got Mike Aviles and Michael Bourn on called strikes and Cabrera on a weak grounder back to him.
Darvish had eight strikeouts, and three of the four against Bourn.
"I think the strike zone was a little bit smaller today so I had to be creative," Darvish said. "So I started throwing cut fastballs and sliders to throw the other hitters off."
Bauer had all six of his strikeouts after giving up a two-run homer to Rougned Odor into the upper deck in right field in the second.
"He pitched behind a lot in the count to a lot of dangerous hitters, but he still competed," Francona said.
An eighth-inning single gave Andrus a hit in all 38 games of his career against Cleveland. It ties the second-longest streak for a player against the same opponent going back to 1914, according to STATS. Vladimir Guerrero had a 44-game streak for the Los Angeles Angels against Texas from 2004 to 2006. Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury had a 38-game streak against Baltimore from 2009 to 2012. Andrus' streak started with his major league debut on April 6, 2009. ... Cleveland's David Murphy was 0 for 3 with a walk in his first game in Texas since leaving as a free agent. He spent six-plus seasons with the Rangers, including both of the franchise's World Series years in 2010 and 2011.
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Regular Season Series
|2nd||L Martin hit sacrifice fly to center, A Rios scored.||0||1|
|2nd||M Choice singled to left, C Gimenez scored.||0||2|
|2nd||R Odor homered to right (409 feet), M Choice scored.||0||4|
|3rd||L Chisenhall homered to right (353 feet), A Cabrera and J Kipnis scored.||3||4|
|4th||A Cabrera homered to right (371 feet).||4||4|
|7th||M Choice homered to right (384 feet).||4||5|
|8th||A Beltre hit sacrifice fly to center, E Andrus scored.||4||6|
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|Stadium||Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, TX|
|Attendance||38,348 (79.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||90 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Mark Ripperger, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Jim Wolf|
Rangers hitters have a .291 batting average in at-bats to end in a fastball this season, the fifth-best rate in the league. Trevor Bauer has allowed a .378 average in such at-bats, ninth highest among pitchers with at least four starts.
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