Ubaldo Jimenez pitched seven scoreless innings and the Cleveland Indians handed Yu Darvish his first major league loss in a 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.
Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run double and Jason Kipnis homered off the Japanese star, who struck out a career-high 11 over six innings. Jimenez (3-2) walked four in the first three innings but settled down and permitted only two hits.
Darvish (4-1) signed a $56 million, six-year contract with Texas in January. The Rangers also bid nearly $52 million to gain negotiating rights to the 25-year-old right-hander, who was 93-38 with a 1.99 ERA in Japan.
Chris Perez pitched the ninth for his 11th consecutive save. He gave up one hit and was helped by a diving catch in right field by Shin-Soo Choo on a sinking liner by pinch-hitter Adrian Beltre.
The Indians took two of three from the two-time defending AL champions. Cleveland has won three straight series and leads the AL Central.
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