Yu Darvish gets it.
The Texas Rangers’ ace knows all about how the Oakland A’s beat him, time and time again.
The loss total reached eight Tuesday night as he surrendered seven runs, though only four earned, in five innings of a 10-6 loss at O.co Coliseum.
Darvish, though, suggested that any team would have beaten him Tuesday.
The A’s did what they were supposed to do, jumping on a pitcher who couldn’t put the ball where he wanted it but more often than not where A’s players like it.
“I didn’t have command of any of my pitches,” Darvish said. “It’s not how they approach me. I just didn’t have all of my stuff today.”
To his credit, half of the damage was done after he exited. Derek Norris hit a three-run homer in the sixth against Shawn Tolleson and later added a two-run double off Jason Frasor after the Rangers had closed to within 8-6.
The defense didn’t help Darvish much. An Alex Rios throwing error in the second helped Oakland score twice and erase a 1-0 lead the Rangers had taken in the first inning on an Adrian Beltre single.
An error on Rougned Odor, who had a big night at the plate, led to all three A’s runs in the sixth being scored as unearned. Two of those were credited to Darvish.
But the Rangers trimmed their five-run deficit to 8-6 in the seventh. Odor, who had homered in the fifth, delivered two runs with a triple and scored as Daniel Robertson bounced out.
The A’s bullpen, though, shut the door after Elvis Andrus’ one-out single in the seventh, and Norris did more damage in the eighth with a two-run double off Jason Frasor.
“Norris did us in,” manager Ron Washington said.
Darvish’s career record against the A’s fell to 1-8 with a 4.95 ERA in 10 career starts, and he is 0-8 in his past nine starts against them. In his last two starts against Oakland, he has allowed 11 runs in 8 1/3 innings.
Darvish, who walked five and fanned eight, saw his ERA jump only minimally, from 2.11 to 2.39. He’s now 0-2 with a 7.02 ERA in three starts this season against the A’s, but 7-1 with a 1.54 ERA in his other 10 starts.
“There’s got to be a reason,” Darvish said. “I just have to prepare myself for the next start. It’s not just the A’s I am facing this season.”
That’s a good thing for him, and the Rangers.