CLEVELAND (AP) ― A glaring problem cost Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers.
Ubaldo Jimenez pitched seven scoreless innings and Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run double after the Rangers lost an infield popup in the sun as the Cleveland Indians handed Darvish his first major league loss, 4-2 Sunday.
Jason Kipnis homered off Darvish (4-1), who struck out a career-high 11 over six innings. Jimenez (3-2) walked four in the first three innings but settled down and permitted only two hits.
Johnny Damon’s pop fell for a leadoff single in the third, leading to a three-run inning.
“If the ball goes into the sun, what can you do?” Darvish said through an interpreter.
Cleveland Indians right fielder Choo Shin-soo bats during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers. The Korean went 1 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base. (Penta-Yonhap News)
“If this was the first loss ever in my life I would feel different,” he said. “But I have experienced many losses. So now, I just prepare for my next game.”
Pujols finally belts first HR
ANAHEIM, California (AP) ― Albert Pujols finally hit a home run for the Los Angeles Angels, ending the longest power drought of his career Sunday in a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Pujols connected in the fifth inning for his first AL homer and the 446th overall.
The three-time NL MVP had gone 33 games and 139 at-bats dating to last year without a home run in the regular season. He had a three-homer game for the champion St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series and hit seven home runs in spring training.
Detroit 3, Chicago White Sox 1
NY Mets 3, Arizona 1
Baltimore 9, Boston 6
Cincinnati 5, Pittsburgh 0
Oakland 9, Tampa Bay 5
St. Louis 8, Houston 1
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