Arizona beat Texas Rangers 5-4 to complete double-header sweep
Texas pitcher in complete control for most of night, but Arizona make him pay
A very long Memorial Day weekend came to an unpleasant end for Yu Darvish and the rest of the Texas Rangers.
Darvish dominated Arizona most of the night, but gave up a tying homer to Didi Gregorius in the eighth inning, then Cliff Pennington singled home the winning run in the ninth as the Diamondbacks beat Texas 5-4 to complete a double-header sweep.
The two losses came on the heels of a 4-3 defeat at Seattle in 13 innings on Sunday. A five-game road trip that began so well ended at 2-3.
"Yesterday, we had a chance to win the game and today we had a chance to win both of those games," Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "It just wasn't meant to be."
Darvish matched his career best with 14 strikeouts and Texas led 4-2 entering the eighth inning before Gregorius connected for a two-run shot. Gregorius also had an RBI triple in the first.
In the opener, Arizona's Tyler Skaggs struck out nine over six scoreless innings and the Diamondbacks held on to win 5-3.
Brad Ziegler (2-1) faced two batters, retiring one, to get the victory. Jason Frasor (0-1) took the loss.
After giving up two runs in the first, Darvish was in complete control until Wil Nieves led off the eighth with a pinch-hit single. Cody Ross struck out, then Gregorius lashed a 2-0 pitch over the fence in right field to tie it at 4.
"He threw me a low cutter and I put good wood on it," Gregorius said. "And it was like a line drive and it went out."
Darvish had dominated with his cut fastball and did not hesitate to use it again. "I had to get a strike in there. I didn't want a 3-0 count," he said. "I tried to hit the corner, but he hit it pretty well."
Darvish, in just the second no-decision in his 11 starts this season, gave up seven hits, but did not walk a batter. All three of his 14 strikeout games have come this year. He is the first pitcher since Arizona's Randy Johnson in 2004 to have three games with at least 14 strikeouts in one season.
"Baseball's not a competition about getting strikeouts," Darvish said. "It's about winning."
Darvish pitched well, Texas manager Ron Washington said. "It's just unfortunate that one pitch made the difference."