Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish continued his blistering start to life in Major League Baseball as the Japanese right-hander breezed through the Oakland Athletics lineup in a 4-1 win on May 16.
Darvish, who leads Texas starters in wins, ERA and strikeouts, struck out seven more and allowed just one run in seven-and-two-third innings to improve his first-year record to 6-1.
Oakland (19-19) claimed their lone score in the first inning, but the home Rangers roared back with all four of their runs in the fourth, where Adrian Beltre connected on a go-ahead two-run homer.
Josh Hamilton set up the rally with an infield single that extended his hitting streak to 16 games as he finished 2-for-4.
The victory opened up a five-game lead for Texas (24-14) at the top of the American League West.
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