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Wash on Yu Darvish: 'Wasn't at his best'

6/26/2013



NEW YORK -- The Texas Rangers had a 3-1 lead in the the fifth inning against the New York Yankees with Japanese ace Yu Darvish on the mound.

It didn’t matter.

Darvish gave up a career-high three home runs and needed 110 pitches to get through just 5⅓ innings. Eventually, the Yankees rallied back against Darvish and beat the Rangers 4-3 on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, snapping Texas’ five-game winning streak.

“He wasn’t at his best,” manager Ron Washington said of Darvish, who is winless in his past seven starts, a career worst. “He left some pitches in the wrong spot, two breaking balls and a cutter that he tried to get down and in.

“He’s pitching. I don’t see any difference in what he’s doing. Maybe, at times, he throws pitches he can get away with, but he didn’t get away with them tonight.”

Darvish surrendered leadoff solo shots in consecutive innings to Travis Hafner (fourth inning, breaking ball), Brett Gardner (fifth, cutter) and Jayson Nix (sixth, breaking ball).

“My plan was to adjust to every hitter, and I was able to do that in a couple of innings,” Darvish said through a translator. “Overall, I think my four-seamer was running a little bit better, but I wish I could take back Hafner’s home run.”

Since May 21, Darvish is 0-2 with a 2.93 ERA (46.0 IP, 37 H, 7 HR). He has already allowed 14 homers this season, the same amount he allowed in 2012.

Washington, though, maintains that Darvish is healthy.

“It felt like a game where we should have been able to hold on to the lead,” Washington said. “You can’t predict in the fifth inning that you’re going to be able to win a ballgame unless you might be winning 11-1, but with a 3-1 lead and you have your ace out there, you certainly have a chance to win, but it didn’t happen.”

• The Rangers’ loss put a damper on Leonys Martin’s career night. The 25-year-old center fielder had his first career multihomer game and extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He is batting .441 over that stretch while raising his season average from .252 to .289.

“I was really glad that it happened, but since we lost, it’s just another game,” Martin said through a translator.

“I feel confident because they have confidence in me playing.”