ARLINGTON, Texas — Yu Darvish had a season-high 10 strikeouts pitching into the ninth inning and worked out of a couple of jams for the Texas Rangers in a 2-0 victory over the New York Yankees and countryman Hiroki Kuroda on Tuesday night.

In only the seventh MLB matchup of Japanese starters, Darvish (3-0) allowed seven hits and walked a season-low two in 81/3 innings. The 10 strikeouts were the most by a Texas pitcher this season.

Ian Kinsler put the Rangers ahead when he led off the first with a deep homer to left-center off Kuroda (1-3), who limited Texas to two runs and five hits over 62/3 innings.

Rangers Manager Ron Washington was going to give Darvish a chance to finish the game but pulled him after Nick Swisher’s one-out single on his 119th pitch.

Joe Nathan needed only one pitch to coax a game-ending double-play grounder by Raul Ibanez.

 

INDIANS 4, ROYALS 3: Derek Lowe allowed one run over six innings and Cleveland handed visiting Kansas City its 12th straight loss

 

MARINERS 7, TIGERS 4: Alex Liddi had a career-high three hits, including a solo homer, and Seattle won at Detroit.

 

ORIOLES 2, BLUE JAYS 1: Tommy Hunter allowed three hits over six innings, Matt Wieters homered off the glove of left fielder Eric Thames, and Baltimore beat visiting Toronto.

 

RAYS 5, ANGELS 0: David Price pitched a five-hitter for his second career shutout and Tampa Bay homered four times to win at home.

Price (3-1) gave up all singles in his first shutout since a four-hitter against Toronto on April 25, 2010. His only other complete game came July 2, 2010, against Minnesota.

Desmond Jennings, Luke Scott, B.J. Upton and Carlos Pena hit solo homers off Angels starter Ervin Santana (0-4).

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METS 2, MARLINS 1: Lucas Duda lined a tie-breaking single in the eighth inning that caromed off reliever Edward Mujica, sending New York to a win at home.

 

PIRATES 5, ROCKIES 4: Andrew McCutchen had three RBI, Casey McGehee drove in the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning single and Pittsburgh beat visiting Colorado.

 

REDS 9, GIANTS 2: Mat Latos finally got his first win for Cincinnati, pitching seven shutout innings against visiting San Francisco.

Brandon Phillips homered and drove in three runs for the Reds.

Latos (1-2) came to the Reds in a four-player deal with San Diego and acknowledged trying too hard to impress his new team.

 

BREWERS 9, ASTROS 6: Rickie Weeks capped a five-run sixth inning with a three-run homer – one of four Brewers’ homers in the game – and Randy Wolf picked up his first win of the season as Milwaukee beat visiting Houston.

Corey Hart, Travis Ishikawa and Carlos Gomez also homered for Milwaukee, which moved back to .500 (9-9) and beat Houston for the 11th straight time.

 

CUBS 3, CARDINALS 2: Alfonso Soriano hit a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning and host Chicago ended St. Louis’ run of 13 consecutive winning series.