LOS ANGELES: Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, pitched five innings as the host Texas Rangers were beaten 3-1 by the Houston Astros on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).
The 29-year-old Darvish was taken out of the Major League Baseball contest as a precautionary measure because of shoulder tightness after throwing 76 pitches and striking out seven batters.
He gave up one run on three hits and had four walks in his third start since the surgery.
The Rangers’ trainer visited Darvish on the mound halfway through the fifth but he managed to finish the inning. He did not return for the sixth.
Jose Altuve blasted a two-run double to lift the Astros over the Rangers at Globe Life Park.
The Astros lost their previous eight games against Texas this season before snapping the skid. Houston’s 12 straight losses in Dallas were tied for the longest losing streak in one park in club history.
The four-game series between the Texas state rivals ends Thursday.
Darvish is recovering from elbow tendon replacement and reconstruction surgery that he underwent in March 2015.
He reached the career 500-strikeout mark faster than any pitcher in major league history in 2014.