Darvish impressive after 14-strikeout game

Darvish impressive after 14-strikeout game
May 5, 2013, 9:00 pm
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Red Sox only saw Yu Darvish once last year and had no reason to be all that impressed.
     
On Sunday, however, they saw more than they would have preferred.
     
Darvish limited the Red Sox to three runs over seven innings and struck out 14 in the process, tying a career high.
    
"Pretty impressive," said Jon Lester. "It's been a while since I've got to see him. I think he threw against us in the middle of the year last year sometime at Fenway. Obviously, you can see he feels a lot more comfortable over here and within himself. Obviously, he was pretty impressive today with however many strikeouts he had."
     
Darvish gave up two homers to the first seven hitters -- to David Ortiz in the first, with a runner on base, and a solo shot to David Ross with one out in the second.
     
After that, however, Darvish faced 20 more Red Sox hitters and just three reached base. Of those 20, 11 were struck out.
     
"He's got tremendous ability to spin the breaking ball," marveled John Farrell. "He's got a great arm, good command . . . There's a reason that he's got the strikeout rate that he does. He's a heck of a pitcher."


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The Red Sox came into this series with the most runs scored of any team in the American League, but the Texas Rangers pitching staff shut them down, limiting them to just four runs over three games.
     
The Sox hit just .188 for the series and were a ghastly 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position for the series.
    
"That two out was a little elusive today," said John Farrell. "This is a tough series. They're a very good team. They pitched well. We put some good swings on some pitches today, drove some balls right at some guys. We created some opportunities late. It was just unfortunate that we didn't get that one key hit."