MLB Scores: Rangers 2, Astros 1

Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Yu Darvish comes close to no-hitting the Astros for the second time this season, but Carlos Corporan has something to say about that. Brett Oberholtzer continues his success as an Astros' starting pitcher, but even he can't help the Astros avoid getting swept.

Well, at least they weren't no-hit.

Astros fans may or may not have acted like they won the AL West when Carlos Corporan took Yu Darvish deep to break up the Texas' righty's no-no in the eighth inning. Darvish could not get his revenge on Houston after losing a perfect game earlier this season with two outs in the ninth inning on a single off the bat of Marwin Gonzalez.

Yes, the same Marwin Gonzalez currently playing AAA ball.

Darvish didn't get his no-no or perfecto by it was still a downright ugly afternoon for the Astros' offense. Houston finished with 15 strikeouts against Darvish in eight innings - one more than Darvish's near-perfect game earlier this year

Darvish finished the first five innings perfectly with 10 strikeouts. But with two outs in the sixth, Jonathan Villar drew a walk despite being down 0-2 in the count earlier in the at-bat. It was the 2-2 pitch that got a huge amount of attention as Villar looked at a Darvish breaking ball that the pitcher and his catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, both thought was strike three.

Instead, two pitches later, Darvish walked Villar and Pierzynski had some words for home plate umpire Ron Kulpa, who proceeded to eject Pierzynski. Was it a strike? Take a look for yourself, courtesy of Deadspin.

Yu_pitch_medium

Darvish kept the no-hitter intact through the seventh inning, but in the eighth Corporan was able to turn on a first pitch fastball on the outer half of the plate for a solo jack that reached the seats in right field. It was the 19th home run of the year for Astros catchers, which leads the American League. (h/t @Astros)

Joe Nathan came on to close for the Rangers in the ninth, but the Astros didn't have much more success against him as they went down in order.

Lost in the craziness of Darvish was another solid outing from Brett Oberholtzer as he went 6.2 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out six. Three of those hits came in the first inning as Adrian Beltre and Pierzynski each drove in a run to give the Rangers their two runs.

From there on, Oberholtzer threw extremely well and now has allowed only two runs in his 20.2 innings as a starter for the Astros. Josh Fields and Chia-Jen Lo also combined to throw 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball to keep Houston close.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Crawfish Boxes

You must be a member of The Crawfish Boxes to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Crawfish Boxes. You should read them.

Join The Crawfish Boxes

You must be a member of The Crawfish Boxes to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Crawfish Boxes. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker