It took Twins right-hander Liam Hendriks 18 big league starts to get his first career win. He needed seven more starts to get win No. 2.
To do it, all he had to do was outduel Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish.
Hendriks allowed two runs (one earned) through six innings, and the Twins broke up Darvish's no-hitter in the seventh inning to score three runs and give Hendriks the win in Minnesota's 3-2 victory Friday in Arlington. In what looked on paper to be a lopsided pitching matchup between two international arms, it was Hendriks -- the 24-year-old native of Australia -- who prevailed for the underdog Twins.
"We hurt their feelings, didn't we, in Vegas?" Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We hung in there. Liam hung in there."
Hendriks has spent much of the season at Triple-A Rochester, and Friday's start was just his fifth of the year with the Twins. As has been the story of his career so far, Hendriks hadn't been able to translate success in the minors to success in the majors. He...