Updated: 06/29/2014 09:40 | By Agence France-Presse

Darvish and Texas Rangers shut out Minnesota Twins

Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish hurled eight strong innings and Leonys Martin hit a two-run double as the Texas Rangers beat Minnesota 5-0.


Darvish and Texas Rangers shut out Minnesota Twins

Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers throws in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins, at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, on June 28, 2014 - by Rick Yeatts

Darvish on Saturday improved to 8-4, bouncing back from two straight losses as he allowed just four hits and one walk and struck out 10 for Texas, who have won the first two of a three-game Major League Baseball set against the Twins after an eight-game skid.

Darvish had thrown 11 innings combined in losses in Oakland and Anaheim, walking nine over those two games.

On Saturday, he looked more like the pitcher who threw his first complete game, a 10-strikeout shutout against Miami three starts ago.

Darvish retired 20 of the final 22 batters he faced. He struck out eight different Twins hitters at least once.

The Rangers put up a run in the first inning on Chris Gimenez's double, which scored Adrian Beltre from first base.

Rougned Odor led off the third inning with a single, stole second and moved to third on a groundout from Choo Shin-Soo. Elvis Andrus then grounded out and Odor crossed the plate for a 2-0 Rangers lead.

The Rangers added three runs in the eighth -- the last two on Martin's double -- to put the game away.

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