ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Red Sox knew they were going to have their work cut out for them against Yu Darvish. They just didn't know he'd be virtually un-hittable.
Darvish came within an out of being the first pitcher to no-hit the Red Sox in 21 seasons before David Ortiz singled through the shift to right field with two outs in the ninth inning.
That provided all the drama to a game that was decided innings earlier, as the Rangers romped to an 8-0 shutout of the Sox.
Even before the ninth, the bid was tinged with controversy when, with two out in the seventh, Ortiz hit a routine fly ball to shallow right. Right fielder Alex Rios and rookie second baseman Rougned Odor allowed the ball to drop in between them as Ortiz reached.
The official scorer assigned an error to Rios on the play, ending the perfect game bid but keeping Darvish's no-hit bid alive for the time being. Darvish then walked Mike Napoli before retiring Grady Sizemore for the final out in the inning.
After walking Xander Bogaerts in the eighth, he retired the next three in order before getting denied in the ninth.
Darvish had previously lost a no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth on April 2, 2013 against the Houston Astros. Marwin Gonzalez singled to break up the no-hitter.
Meanwhile, Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz was shelled for 10 hits in just 4 1/3 innings, charged with six runs. It marked the third time in seven starts this season that Buchholz failed to get through the fifth inning.
The Rangers already led 3-0 in the fifth when three of the first four hitters reached against Buchholz, with Alex Rios singling home a run.
Buchholz left two baserunners for Chris Capuano, who allowed both to score, in part because of a balk that moved up two base runners and was followed by a single from Mitch Moreland and a sacrifice fly from J.P. Arencibia.
AT A GLANCE
STAR OF THE GAME: Yu Darvish
Though he lost his no-hit bid with an out to go, Darvish was masterful against the Red Sox, fanning 11 and issuing just two walks. Early in the game, he dominated, recording nine strikeouts against the first 13 Red Sox hitters to come to the plate.
HONORABLE MENTION: Elvis Andrus
The Rangers shortstop collected four hits and scored three runs to lead the Texas attack.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Clay Buchholz
This was not the same Buchholz who pitched so well in his last two starts, Buchholz trailed 3-0 in the third and was gone before he could get a second out in the fifth.
TURNING POINT: Given the way Darvish pitched, it could be argued that the first run of the night -- scored in the first on an Adrian Beltre double -- was the turning point. But we'll go with the fifth, when the Red Sox went from being beind 3-0 to 8-0 in a hurry.
BY THE NUMBERS: The game marked the second time in his career that Darvish was within an out of recording a no-hitter -- only to lose his bid. He did so April 2, 2013 in Houston, too.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "He was nasty -- I've got tell you that. I'm telling you, you don't know what you're looking for. He can throw any pitch at any time.'' David Ortiz on Darvish