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Major League Baseball: Darvish, Rangers beat Angels 11-3 with 9-run 4th

Published: Friday, July 3 2015 2:18 a.m. MDT

Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout reacts after he struck out during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 24, 2013.  (Jae C. Hong, Associated Press) Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout reacts after he struck out during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 24, 2013. (Jae C. Hong, Associated Press)

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Nelson Cruz capped a nine-run fourth inning with a three-run homer, Lance Berkman had four RBIs and the Texas Rangers helped Yu Darvish cruise to an 11-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night in the rubber game of the series.

Darvish (4-1) allowed three hits over six scoreless innings, struck out 11 and lowered his ERA to 1.65 after getting staked to an 11-0 lead. It was the right-hander's 11th double-digit strikeout performance in 34 major league starts.

Darvish, who did not allow a runner past first base, is 5-1 with a 3.83 ERA in eight starts against the AL West-rival Angels — whom he has faced more than any other team since coming over from Japan last season.

Michael Roth (1-1) threw 75 pitches over 3 1-3 innings in his first big league start, allowing five runs and six hits.

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