Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - A highly touted matchup between two of the
most overpowering pitchers in baseball was cut short by the Texas Rangers, who
pummeled Justin Verlander early to take a 10-4 win over the Detroit Tigers.
The Rangers, winners of seven of their last eight, broke the opener of this
four-game set open with a seven-run third inning and Yu Darvish (7-1) battled
through a rough start to go eight innings.
Darvish improved on his major league lead in strikeouts with six more on
Thursday to push his total to 86 in nine starts this season. He was charged
with four runs on seven hits.
It was a trying third inning for both starters, but especially for Verlander
(4-4), who didn't make it out of the frame. He walked in a pair of runs before
Geovany Soto's three-run blast topped off his start at 2 2/3 innings.
For Verlander, the leader in strikeouts in three of the last four seasons, it
was his shortest outing in nearly three years, matching a career worst with
eight runs allowed on six hits and two walks.
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