Yu Darvish brought the heat to win for the first time in eight starts and the Texas Rangers squeezed out a series-clinching victory.
Relying heavily on his fastball, primarily a four-seamer, Darvish struck out eight in 6 2-3 scoreless innings and the Rangers scored twice on a squeeze bunt in a 3-2 victory over Mat Latos and the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
''His performance was good. He was going against another good one, and they matched zeroes,'' manager Ron Washington said. ''Once we put the runs on the board, Darvish did what we needed him to do. Looked like the same Darvish to me.''
The Rangers finally scored against Latos (7-2) in the fifth when Elvis Andrus bunted. Latos made a barehanded grab and scoop in one motion. The toss home hit the earflap of Engel Beltre, who was still on the ground when Leonys Martin also scored for a 2-0 lead.
''It was just a reaction. He bunted it pretty hard. I felt I could make a play,'' Latos said. '' As I look back, I should have held on to ...