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Yu Darvish Loses Perfect Game With 2 Outs In 9th

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: Yu Darvish #11 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Credit: Bob Levey)

: Yu Darvish #11 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Credit: Bob Levey)

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HOUSTON (AP) — 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 Houston Astros 7-0 on Tuesday night.

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.

On the second full day of the major league season, Darvish nearly picked up right where baseball left off last year, when there were a record three perfect games, thrown by Philip Humber, Matt Cain and Felix Hernandez.

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