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Darvish 1 out shy of no-no; Rangers rout Red Sox 8-0

By Victoria Advocate
May 9, 2014 at 12:09 a.m.

Texas Rangers' Yu Darvish of Japan works against the Boston Red Sox in the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 9, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.

ARLINGTON - Yu Darvish came oh, so close again.

The Japanese ace fell one out shy of a no-hitter for the second time Friday night, giving up only a ninth-inning single to David Ortiz in the Texas Rangers' 8-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Rookie second baseman Rougned Odor, positioned in shallow right field, made a diving attempt, but the ball was out of his reach. If the Rangers had not shifted their infield, it probably would have been a routine grounder to second.

Darvish lost a perfect-game bid with two outs in the ninth inning last season against Houston. This time, he bent his knees and put his glove on his hips after the hit. Texas manager Ron Washington then walked to the mound, with the 45,392 in attendance cheering and chanting "Yuuuuuu!"

Orioles 4, Astros 3

BALTIMORE - Steve Pearce and Manny Machado homered, and the Baltimore Orioles won a season-high fourth consecutive game 4-3 over the Houston Astros on Friday night.

Baltimore (19-14) is five games over .500 for the first time this season. Meanwhile, the Astros have lost six of their past seven games.

Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen (4-2) had another effective outing, allowing two runs and five hits with four strikeouts and one walk and tied a season-high by going seven innings.

compiled from advocate wire reports

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