Yu Darvish has dominated most teams in his first two seasons in the majors except for the one the Texas Rangers are trying to beat out in the AL West.
Darvish matched a season high in runs (5) and tied a career-high in walks (6) allowed, lasting only five-plus innings in the Rangers' 11-4 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.
Texas lost two of three in the series to fall into a tie atop the division with the A's, who always seem to find a way to deliver against Darvish. The Japanese star is 1-5 with a 4.82 ERA against Oakland.
''There's nothing we need to push a panic button on,'' Rangers manager Ron Washington said. ''He's human. He's like everybody else who can go out and have a bad day.''
Always seems to happen against the A's.
Brandon Moss, Daric Barton and Coco Crisp hit two-run homers and Josh Donaldson added a three-run drive for Oakland. The A's handed Darvish (12-7) a loss in consecutive starts for the first time all season.
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