Yu Darvish’s struggles against the Oakland A’s continued Tuesday night, as the Rangers’ right-hander only made it through five innings in an eventual Texas 10-6 loss.
Darvish pitched five innings and two batters, walking a season-high five Athletics, striking out eight. He left in the sixth with two runners his responsibility, for a combination of the hard-throwing lefty Aaron Poreda and right-hander Shawn Tolleson to keep from scoring. Poreda managed to get the first two outs of the inning, but Tolleson allowed a three-run pinch-hit homer to A’s catcher Derek Norris. Darvish tied his season-high earned runs with four, allowing seven total.
The Rangers scored in the top of the first, as Adrian Beltre brought Daniel Robertson home with an RBI single. Oakland jumped to the lead in the second, linking back-to-back singles from Jed Lowrie and Stephen Vogt, who scored on a single from Alberto Callaspo and a throwing error by Alex Rios, respectively. The A’s would tack on a run in each of the next three innings, but a solo homer from Rougned Odor and a Elvis Andrus double followed by an Alex Rios sacrifice fly would bring the Rangers closer until Norris’ three-run homer.
After Tolleson got out of the sixth by inducing a Brandon Moss groundout, the Rangers struck back against Oakland’s Daniel Otero, with catcher Chris Gimenez reaching on an error on third baseman Josh Donaldson before a Leonys Martin single. Odor then hit a ball to the deepest part of the cavernous O.Co Coliseum which Coco Crisp misplayed, clearing the bases with his third major league triple. Odor would then score on a Robertson groundout, bringing the Rangers to within two.
Neal Cotts quickly got the first two outs of the bottom of the seventh before walking Callaspo, but came back to strike out Nick Punto, putting together the first scoreless inning for Ranger pitching since the bottom of the first. Jason Frasor came on for the Rangers in the bottom of the eighth, and gave up singles to Donaldson and Crisp, before allowing a two-run double to Norris, extending Oakland’s lead to 10-6. Scott Baker relieved Frasor, keeping Norris at second with a fly-out, a pop-out, and a strikeout.
A’s closer Sean Doolittle made short work of the Rangers bats in the ninths, striking out Martin and Odor, before forcing Robertson to pop out to end the game.
While today’s four earned runs are not Yu Darvish’s career high allowed to the A’s, the seven total are. His previous total, earned or unearned, came on June 7th, 2012, when he allowed six runs in 5.1 innings.
The Rangers have a chance to win the series against Oakland tomorrow at 2:35 p.m. CT. Probable starters for the afternoon matchup are Sonny Gray for Oakland (2.93 ERA) against Texas’ Nick Tepesch (3.94 ERA).