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Darvish fans 10 as Rangers nip Rays

11:15 PM, Aug 28, 2012   |    comments
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Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Yu Darvish fanned 10 batters over seven innings and Joe Nathan equaled a Texas Rangers record with his 25th straight save by fanning the side in the ninth inning in a 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Darvish (13-9) surrendered six hits and Mike Adams gave up a single to Sam Fuld in the eighth inning. Fuld stole second, and with two outs Ben Zobrist sent a hard grounder that was destined for the right field line, but first baseman Mitch Moreland made a diving stop and raced to the bag for the final out.

Nathan struck out Luke Scott, Carlos Pena and Ryan Roberts in succession for his 27th save of the year. He's retired 14 consecutive batters. His 25 straight saves ties the mark by John Wetteland July 25, 1997 - May 20, 1998.

Ian Kinsler homered to left field off James Shields leading off the fourth inning, as the AL West leaders won for the sixth time in seven games.

Shields (12-8) gave up three hits and fanned eight over seven innings, but had a four-game winning streak broken.

Fuld had three hits for the playoff-contending Rays, who lost their fourth in a row. They went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.

 

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