Texas Rangers righthander Yu Darvish hasn't exactly disappointed this year, but his performance -- 12-9 with a 4.31 ERA and 154 innings -- hasn't quite lived up to the hefty price tag that accompanied him to the US.
That wasn't the case on Tuesday night, as the Japanese righthander absolutely dominated the Tampa Bay lineup. There wasn't much the Rays could do, as Darvish struck out ten and walked only two.
As a result, they wasted a strong performance from James Shields, who allowed only four hits to a Texas offense that shellacked David Price on Monday.
The difference in the game was a solo HR from Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler in the fourth inning, as the Rays were once again on the wrong end of a low-scoring affair.
Tampa Bay has now lost five in a row, dropping them below both Baltimore and Oakland and out of the AL playoff picture for now.
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