Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Brad Peacock
Darvish (13.9, 2.81): Darvish needs four outs Tuesday to reach 200 innings for the first time in his career. ... He ended his career-long four-game losing streak in his last start against Tampa Bay, lasting only five innings in an 8-2 victory over the Rays. ... Darvish matched a career high with six walks. ... Darvish is 1-4 with a 3.40 ERA for his last seven starts. ... He leads the majors with 260 strikeouts. ... Darvish makes his fifth start against the Astros. ... He is 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA. ... Darvish has come within an out of a perfect game and five outs of a no-hitter against Houston this season.
Peacock (5-5, 5.24 ERA): Peacock allowed three earned runs and had five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings in his last start Wednesday against Cincinnati. ... He is 4-2 with a 3.58 ERA for his last 10 appearances, including eight starts. ... He has 51 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings. ... The Astros are 5-8 in his starts. ... He is 1-8 after an Astros' loss. ... Peacock has faced the Rangers once this season, allowing a run in six innings while getting a no-decision.
Hitters: A.J. Pierzynski is 1-for-3 with a home run against Peacock. Marc Krauss is 2-for-6 with two RBIs against Darvish. Matt Dominguez has two home runs in nine at-bats against the Rangers' pitcher.
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