Darvish handed first career major league loss as Rangers drop third consecutive series

CLEVELAND -- Yu Darvish allowed four runs in six innings to suffer the first loss of his major league career as Cleveland beat the Rangers 4-2 and clinched the three-game weekend series.

The Rangers have lost four of their past five games and are headed to Baltimore to face one of the hottest teams in baseball.

Darvish (4-1) struck out 11 batters, but didn't have the command that he had in victories against New York and Toronto in his past two starts. He walked four, threw 112 pitches, and pitched with runners on bases in all but one inning.

He had some bad luck behind him, as Ian Kinsler lost an infield pop-up in the sun to start the Indians' three-run third inning. The final run, which was unearned, scored on a throwing error by Elvis Andrus.

Jason Kipnis launched a solo homer to start the fifth, one of six hits against Darvish.

The Rangers, meanwhile, had only two hits in seven innings against Ubaldo Jimenez. That doesn't mean they didn't have any chances. They did, in the first, third and fourth innings, but failed to capitalize.

Jimenez walked the bases loaded with two outs in the third. The next hitter, Michael Young, swung at the first pitch he saw, a ball, and later grounded out to end the threat.

The Rangers finally scored in the eighth on a groundout by Josh Hamilton and an RBI single by Young, but Nelson Cruz struck out as the tying run to end the inning.

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