Yu Darvish not as sharp, but Dodgers still win

first_imgAgainst the much more combative Diamondbacks, however, Darvish was forced to fight for every out.He went to the full count on each of the first six batters he faced and seven of the first eight, searching for the strike zone with his fastball in particular. The Diamondbacks had seven baserunners in five innings against Darvish (five hits, two walks) including the leadoff man in three of his five innings – twice on leadoff walks.But the Diamondbacks went 2 for 12 with runners on base. Seven of Darvish’s 10 strikeouts came in those situations.The only thing easy about Darvish’s night was the offensive support. Only four times in his 22 starts with the Texas Rangers this season did the Rangers score more than four runs for him – and one of those was a 22-10 loss in his final Texas startBut the Dodgers have scored 14 runs in Darvish’s two starts since they acquired him at the non-waiver trade deadline and Darvish has not thrown a pitch as a Dodger without the lead. PHOENIX >> The Dodgers have done everything they can to make Yu Darvish’s transition to a new team easy, showering him with good will and run support.It was Darvish who made things hard on himself Thursday night. The right-hander was far from sharp and threw 106 pitches in just five innings. But the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 8-6, anyway.Darvish is unbeaten in his two starts with the Dodgers. But those two starts were as different as the two opponents.Against the sagging New York Mets in his debut, Darvish was dominant. He allowed just three hits and one walk in seven scoreless innings, striking out 10 and cruising to the finish. He retired 20 of the final 22 batters he faced. The Dodgers put three runs on the board before he took the mound Thursday. Kike’ Hernandez drove them all in with a bases-loaded double. Hernandez has 29 hits against left-handed pitchers this season – 20 of them went for extra bases (nine doubles, two triples and nine home runs).The Diamondbacks chipped away at that with single runs off Darvish in the third and fourth innings (including a solo home run by J.D. Martinez) but undid their own work in the fifth inning. Chris Taylor led off the inning with a solo homer but a walk, a throwing error by catcher Chris Iannetta and two infield singles led to two more runs.Justin Turner drove in two more with a double in the sixth inning and the Dodgers needed every bit of the offense.Brock Stewart gave two of the runs back on a homer by Iannetta in the bottom of the sixth. Ketel Marte drove in two more with a single off Brandon Morrow in the eighth. But Tony Cingrani came in to strike out back-to-back lefties, Gregor Blanco and David Peralta, with a runner on and Kenley Jansen closed it out in the ninth.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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