Pitcher Yu Darvish settled down after a four-run first inning to win his Major League Baseball debut for the Texas Rangers despite giving up three hits to Japanese countryman Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners.
Darvish allowed five runs on eight hits in 5 2-3 innings and the Rangers hit four home runs in their 11-5 victory last night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. The right-hander walked four and struck out five.
Darvish got off to a rough start, throwing five straight balls to open the game and allowing the Mariners four runs on four hits in the first inning. He gave up a single by Suzuki and walked Munenori Kawasaki on four pitches with the bases loaded, throwing 42 pitches in the inning.
“It was just a matter of him controlling his energy,” Texas manager Ron Washington told reporters. “He was over-amped. It wasn’t that he was scared or nervous or anything like that.”
Seattle scored another run in the second inning on doubles by Suzuki and Kyle Seager. Kawasaki singled in the third and the Mariners had two runners on base before Darvish started a streak of getting 10 straight batters out.
Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler hit three-run homers for Texas, which also got home runs from Josh Hamilton and Mitch Moreland.
The Rangers paid a record $51.7 million transfer fee to Darvish’s Japanese club before signing him to a six-year contract. Darvish, 25, went 93-38 with a 1.99 earned run average in seven seasons with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.
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