Darvish fans 12 but denied another no-hitter
Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers throws against the Boston Red Sox in the 6th inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 9, 2014 in Arlington, Texas - by Ronald Martinez
"I don't think it was the best game I threw, but it was against Boston and I pitched well against them," Darvish said.
Darvish's no-hitter ended with two out in the ninth against the Red Sox. The Japanese right hander has been down this road before, as he lost a perfect-game bid with two out in the ninth last season against Houston.
Before Darvish, the only pitcher to lose two no-hitters in the ninth was Dave Stieb, who did it three times.
Darvish was one out away from the first Rangers no-hitter in 20 years when Ortiz belted a single into right field.
Earlier, Darvish had retired the first 20 batters before Ortiz hit a two-out pop fly to right field in the seventh that dropped in between second baseman Rougned Odor and right fielder Alex Rios.
Rios was given an error on the play allowing Darvish to go back to work as he didn't allow a hit until the ninth.
Darvish finished with 12 strikeouts and walked two in the win over Boston.
Darvish fanned eight of the first 11 Red Sox hitters he faced. In the seventh, Ortiz hit a high popup. Rios started to come in on it but stopped suddenly. Odor lunged for it but missed, allowing it to hit the ground without anyone touching it.
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