Rangers Lose Final Match-up Against Indians

Indians beat Rangers 4-2 on Sunday, hand Darvish first loss

Monday, May 7, 2012  |  Updated 8:18 AM CDT
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Rangers Lose Final Match-up Against Indians

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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.

On Saturday night, pinch-hitter Adrian Beltre hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning to help lift the Texas Rangers to a 5-2 win. Beltre didn't start for the fourth straight game due to a tender hamstring. But he knocked a 1-0 pitch from Joe Smith over the center-field wall for his fifth homer.

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