While Yu Darvish flirted with a no-hitter, the Rangers were hitting the ball over the Kauffman Stadium fences.
Darvish retired the first 17 batters, Texas hit 5 home runs and the Texas Rangers beat the KC Royals 8-4 in a game that turned testy.
Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz homered on consecutive pitches in the 6th inning. Cruz watched his drive sail over the wall, and then was hit by Louis Coleman’s 1st pitch leading off the 9th.
Cruz took a couple of steps to the mound, but was restrained by catcher Brayan Pena.
”It’s part of the game,” Pena declared. ”We’re trying to go in. Cruz is a very strong guy and we were trying to not let him extend his arms. He is one of my good chums and I’m hoping 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 announced. ”Not the plain fact Cruz got hit, but the incontrovertible fact Michael hit the home run. I don’t know what that was about, but definitely it didn’t affect us as we put another 2 runs on the board and got him out of the game. We were fired up already. All he did was making it shine a little brighter.”
Josh Hamilton hit his 38th homer and Geovany Soto added a 3-run shot as Texas won for the 9th time in 12 games. The American League West leaders moved a season-high 26 games over .500 with some more pop after hit 4 homers Sunday in an 8-3 victory at Cleveland Indians. NFL lines
A day after he homered and doubled in his first 2 big league at-bats, 19-year-old Jurickson Profar wasn’t in the Texas lineup. Second baseman Ian Kinsler, who sat out with a stiff back, returned to the lineup.
Darvish (14-9), who retired the final 7 batters he faced in his previous start, did not permit a runner till 2 out in the 6th when he walked Johnny Giavotella on a close full-count pitch.
Darvish gave up a 2-run treble to Tony Abreu and a RBI double to Alex Gordon to chop the Texas lead straight to 6-3 before the inning ended.
”It takes one hit infrequently and other men can feed off it,” Lough recounted. ”I saw him going back for it and I was hoping it might fall in.”
Darvish was pulled after the 7th and struck out 6, including 5 in the 1st 3 innings, while walking one.
”It was as good as I’ve seen his stuff,” Washington recounted. ”His stuff was real crisp. His curveball they just couldn’t do anything with it. Early in the game his cutter was just exceptional. His 4-seamer, he was zipping it. He was hitting his spots with consistency.
”He was doing everything he wanted to do out there. He’s getting an understanding of what is working and he’s staying with it.”