Darvish masterful in shutout

Published: Wednesday, April 25 2012 12:09 a.m. MDT

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 24: Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a two run home run in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on April 24, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Yu Darvish may already be getting to a point when he will have a hard time topping himself, after striking out 10 and pitching into the ninth inning of a 2-0 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

In only his fourth major league start, and the seventh-ever MLB matchup of Japanese starters (Hiroki Kuroda pitched for New York) Darvish (3-0) worked out of some early jams and got through 81?3 scoreless innings even while allowing seven hits.

ORIOLES 2, BLUE JAYS 1: At Baltimore, Tommy Hunter allowed three hits over six innings and Matt Wieters homered off the glove of left fielder Eric Thames, while the Blue Jays were unable to score more than one run for the first time this season.

RAYS 5, ANGELS 0: At St. Petersburg, Fla., David Price pitched a five-hitter for his second career shutout and Tampa Bay homered four times.

MARINERS 7, TIGERS 4: At Detroit, Alex Liddi had a career-high three hits, including a solo homer, and Michael Saunders drove in three runs for Seattle, which snapped a four-game losing streak.

Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila homered for the Tigers, but it wasn't enough to overcome an early 4-0 deficit.

INDIANS 4, ROYALS 3: At Cleveland, Derek Lowe allowed one run over six innings and the Cleveland Indians handed the Kansas City Royals their 12th straight loss.

RED SOX 11, TWINS 2: At Minneapolis, Josh Beckett had five strikeouts and one confrontation with an umpire in six sharp innings and David Ortiz homered with three RBIs.

ATHLETICS 2, WHITE SOX 0: At Oakland, Calif., pinch-hitter Kurt Suzuki doubled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and Tommy Milone outdueled Gavin Floyd.

National League

REDS 9, GIANTS 2: At Cincinnati, Mat Latos finally got his first win for Cincinnati, pitching seven shutout innings against an old NL West nemesis, and Brandon Phillips homered and drove in three runs for the Reds.

METS 2, MARLINS 1: At New York, Jose Reyes went hitless in his return to Citi Field and Lucas Duda lined a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning that caromed off reliever Edward Mujica.

PIRATES 5, ROCKIES 4: At Pittsburgh, Andrew McCutchen had three RBIs and Casey McGehee drove in the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning single.

BREWERS 9, ASTROS 6: At Milwaukee, Rickie Weeks capped a five-run sixth inning with a three-run homer — one of four Brewers' homers in the game — and Randy Wolf picked up his first win of the season.

CUBS 3, CARDINALS 2 (10 INNINGS): At Chicago, Alfonso Soriano hit a game-ending RBI single to end the Cardinals' run of winning 13 consecutive series.

PHILLIES 8, DIAMONDBACKS 5: At Phoenix, Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer, snapping an 0-for-16 slump in the win.

NATIONALS 3, PADRES 1: At San Diego, Gio Gonzalez ran his scoreless innings streak to 20 over three starts as four hits was enough for Washington.

BRAVES 4, DODGERS 3: At Los Angeles, Chipper Jones homered on his 40th birthday and Martin Prado had two RBIs, including a run-scoring triple in the ninth inning.

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