Darvish breaks drought as Texas beats Reds 3-2

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Associated Press

Posted on June 30, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 1 at 8:06 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yu Darvish struck out eight in 6 2-3 scoreless innings for his first victory in eight starts and the Texas Rangers scored twice on a squeeze bunt in a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

Darvish (8-3) won for the first time since May 16, ending his longest professional winless drought — in his two years with the Rangers or seven in Japan before that. The right-hander was 0-2 with a 2.93 ERA in those seven games, when Texas scored only 12 runs while he was on the mound.

The Rangers scored off Mat Latos (7-2) when Elvis Andrus bunted in the fifth.

Latos made a barehanded grab and scoop in one motion. The toss home hit the earflap of Engel Beltre, who was still on the ground when Leonys Martin also scored for a 2-0 lead.

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