Darvish went seven innings, allowing three earned runs, walking two and fanning 14. On the other side, Lester tossed six innings, also allowing three earned while striking out seven. Neither pitcher figured in the decision, as the game was tied heading into the bottom of the ninth inning. Adrian Beltre was able to line a walk-off single to right-center off Clayton Mortenson, scoring Elvis Andrus, and sending the Rangers away with the victory and the series win.
Beltre has had a rough start to the 2013 season. The former Red Sox third baseman entered Sunday afternoon batting only .243 with 13 strikeouts. On the positive side, the 34-year-old has crushed six home runs with 15 RBI in his first 30 games of the season. He came through when the Rangers need it most and was the hero of their victory over the Red Sox.
Darvish has had a great sophomore season in MLB for the Rangers. Coming into Sunday night, the starting pitcher was 5-1 on the season with a 2.33 ERA and a 13.5 strikeouts per nine innings. The 26-year-old has tossed three games this season without giving up a run and four games with 10 or more strikeouts, including Sunday’s 14 strikeout performance.