Tuesday’s American League results
Rangers 7, Astros 0 — Yu Darvish was one out from a perfect game when Marwin Gonzalez grounded a clean single through the pitcher’s legs, and the Texas Rangers beat the host Houston Astros.
The celebrated right-hander from Japan struck out 14 and appeared to be in complete control before Gonzalez smacked the first pitch up the middle. Darvish was unable to get his glove down in time and the ball skittered into center field well beyond a desperate dive by shortstop Elvis Andrus.
Darvish put up his hands — almost like, “Oh well, it happens” — after the single. The Texas infielders immediately came to the mound, and manager Ron Washington joined them.
Washington patted Darvish on the chest and then signaled for a reliever. A crowd that included lots of Rangers fans cheered Darvish as he walked off.
Darvish arrived in the majors last year with much fanfare, having already been a five-time All-Star and two-time MVP in Japan. The Rangers paid more than $107 million to get him for five seasons.
If 6-foot-5 righty had been able to finish the job Tuesday, it would have been the earliest perfecto in history.
Using his dizzying array of pitches, including a fastball that topped out at 97 mph, a slider, and 95 mph cutters, Darvish bedeviled the mostly inexperienced Houston hitters.
Darvish sailed through the first four innings, striking out nine, including the side in the second and fourth.
Orioles 7, Rays 4 — Adam Jones keyed a seventh-inning rally with a two-run, go-ahead double and Chris Davis followed with a three-run homer to help the Baltimore Orioles open the season with a victory over the host Tampa Bay Rays.
Matt Wieters homered early off AL Cy Young Award winner David Price. Wieters later drew an intentional walk from reliever Jake McGee (0-1) before Davis’ towering shot over the right-field wall broke open the game and silenced a sellout crowd of 34,078 at Tropicana Field.
Jason Hammel (1-0) allowed three runs and three hits in six innings. Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth for a save.
Despite giving up a two-run homer to Wieters in the first inning and not being particularly sharp in his second career opening-day start, Price departed with a 3-2 lead after the Rays scored twice in the sixth.
Ben Zobrist hit a solo homer for Tampa Bay in the fourth, then put his team ahead with a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Desmond Jennings drove in the Rays’ other run with a sixth-inning double.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter turned the game over to his bullpen after the five-run seventh. Darren O’Day allowed an unearned run in the eighth before Johnson, last year’s major leagues saves leader, finished the combined six-hitter.
Tuesday’s National League results
Rockies 8, Brewers 4 — Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez each homered for the second straight game, leading the Colorado Rockies over the host Milwaukee Brewers and giving Walt Weiss his first win as a major-league manager.
Tulowitzki is off to quick start after missing the last four months of the 2012 season with an injured left groin that required surgery.
The All-Star shortstop went 2 for 5 with a homer and two RBIs in Monday’s loss on opening day.
Tulowitzki and Gonzalez each drove in two runs in the win. Weiss posted his first victory, a year after he was managing his son’s high school team.
Ryan Braun hit his first homer of the season for Milwaukee.
Edgmer Escalona (1-0) pitched 1⅔ innings of scoreless relief for the victory.
— Associated Press