What Yu Darvish had given the Texas Rangers since returning from the disabled list after the all-star break was nothing short of prodigious.
On Tuesday night, he didn't have that electric stuff he had against Arizona or Cleveland, and he let an early 2-0 lead slip away in the blink of an eye when he allowed back-to-back homers in the bottom of the first inning. But from that point on, the Angels couldn't muster much as Darvish improved to 11-5 on the season.
Darvish allowed a season-high eight hits and walked three, and without his best fastball battled through seven innings despite getting a visit from the training staff late in his outing only to brush them away.
While he didn't have that electric fastball and wasn't able to fan double-digits (only six), he constantly worked out of jams and stranded 10 base-runners to help the Rangers win their eighth game in nine tries.
It's nights like Tuesday night that make Darvish a tried and true ace. A night when he had far from his best stuff, got hit early and then persevered and worked a gritty seven innings to keep his team in the game and earn another victory.