Yu Darvish left his start of the season Wednesday night after only five innings because of shoulder tightness, and Adrian Beltre exited in the eight with an injury to his left hamstring as the Texas Rangers lost to the Houston Astros 3-1.
Jose Altuve’s two-run double in the seventh inning off Tom Wilhelmsen broke a 1-1 tie and lifted the Astros to their first win in nine games against the Rangers this season and snapped a 12-game losing streak at Globe Life Park.
The Rangers announced that Darvish was pulled as a precaution and that no issues were found after an initial exam by Dr. Keith Meister.
Beltre was injured running to second on a Prince Fielder single. Beltre, who grabbed for his left hamstring as he rounded second, went directly to the dugout during a pitching change and did not return.
He was initially diagnosed with tightness in his left hamstring and will be evaluated again Thursday.
Hitting: The Rangers’ offense did very little against Doug Fister, who allowed only one run on seven hits in six innings. ... The Rangers scored that run in the third after Bobby Wilson opened with a single, went to third on a single by Rougned Odor, and scored on an Ian Desmond grounder. ... The Rangers had only three more hits against Fister. ... Nomar Mazara started the eighth with a single and was out at second as Adrian Beltre bounced into a fielder’s choice. ... Prince Fielder followed with a single, and Beltre stumbled just before second base and grabbed his left hamstring. ... He walked off the field and didn’t return.
Pitching: Yu Darvish threw 21 pitches in the first inning, in which he allowed a leadoff homer to George Springer, but was at only 61 pitches entering the fifth. He shook out his arm after a 63-mph curveball to strike out Springer, and was visited by athletic trainer Kevin Harmon after a walk to Jose Altuve. Darvish finished the inning, but didn’t return. ... Darvish allowed one run on three hits, walked four and struck out seven on 76 pitches in his third start since Tommy John surgery. He was working on a 95-pitch limit. ... Shawn Tolleson, who hadn’t pitched since May 25, worked a scoreless sixth inning, working around a one-out walk. ... Tom Wilhelmsen allowed three hits in the seventh, the third of which was a two-run double by Altuve to break a 1-1 tie. ... Wilhelmsen rebounded for a 1-2-3 eighth inning, and Luke Jackson worked a scoreless ninth.