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(ARLINGTON, Tex.) -- Yu Darvish sat just one out away from his first career no-hitter and stared down David Ortiz. The Red Sox slugger beat the shift through the right side to deny Darvish the feat marking the second straight year in which the Ranger ace was one out away from a no-no.
Texas second baseman Rougned Odor dove to his right to try and finish off the no-hitter but the ball was too far out of his reach. The rookie was at the center of a play that broke up the perfect game in the seventh. Again with Ortiz at the bat, Odor made the call on a high pop-up in right field but the ball carried past him and fell for what was ruled an error on the right fielder Alex Rios.
All was not lost for Darvish as his offense supplied him with plenty of support, scoring six runs and knocking Boston's starter Clay Buchholz out of the game in the fifth inning. Leonys Martin hit a two-run homer off reliever Chris Capuano to add the final two runs of a 8-0 victory.
Darvish struck out 12 batters over 8 2/3 innings, while walking just two batters. The three-year veteran tossed his 21st game with double-digit strikeouts, the most by any pitcher since he entered the league.
The Japanese star was winless in his previous nine home starts before finding his groove on Friday night. At the start of the 2013 season, Darvish was one out away from a no-hitter against Houston before Marwin Gonzalez singled to break it up.
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