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Associated Press, Published August 30 2013

Home runs spark Twins past Darvish, Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas – Yu Darvish’s latest no-hit bid got broken up in a big way when Chris Herrmann hit a tying, two-run homer in the seventh inning and Justin Morneau followed with a home run that sent the Minnesota Twins over the Texas Rangers 3-2 Friday night.

Minnesota snapped a five-game losing streak on a night when it looked as if the strikeout-prone Twins had no chance against the major league strikeout leader.

Instead, Darvish (12-6) had a third straight start without a win and the right-hander’s home run total jumped to 22 after the Japanese ace allowed 14 his entire rookie season.

This was the third time this year that Darvish took a no-hit try into the seventh.

Twins starter Liam Hendriks (1-2) got his second career win by holding Texas to two runs – one earned – in six innings. Glen Perkins struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 31st save in 34 chances.

Darvish faced the minimum number of batters through six innings but didn’t make it out of the seventh. He walked Brian Dozier to start the inning – the Twins’ second baserunner of the game – and Herrmann drove a fastball down the right-field line for a 2-all tie.

Four pitches later, Morneau hit a hanging slider 409 feet into the upper deck in right.

Darvish got Josh Willingham for his 11th strikeout and Ryan Doumit flied out. But manager Ron Washington pulled Darvish after a double by Trevor Plouffe, who struck out his first two times on a 94 mph fastball and a 61 mph curve.

Darvish’s other two no-hit bids came in Houston. He was an out away from a perfect game on April 2 before a single by Marwin Gonzalez, then pitched 7Zc hitless innings before a home run by Carlos Corporan on Aug. 12.

Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan, who threw the last two of his record seven no-hitters with Texas in 1990 and 1991, had a chance to see history from his front-row seat. Instead, Darvish faltered and settled for joining Ryan as the only Texas pitchers with more than 225 strikeouts in a season.

Darvish gave up three hits in 6Xc innings and finished with 11 strikeouts.

Minnesota Texas

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Dozier 2b 3 1 0 0 LMartn cf 3 0 0 0

CHrmn c 4 1 1 2 Andrus ss 4 0 0 0

Mornea 1b 4 1 1 1 Kinsler 2b 4 1 1 0

Wlngh lf 3 0 1 0 ABeltre 3b 4 0 0 0

Doumit dh 4 0 0 0 Przyns c 4 0 1 1

Plouffe 3b 3 0 1 0 Rios rf 3 0 1 0

Thoms cf 3 0 1 0 Morlnd 1b 2 0 0 0

Mstrnn rf 3 0 0 0 JeBakr ph 1 0 0 0

Flormn ss 3 0 1 0 Profar dh 4 1 1 1

DvMrp lf 2 0 1 0

Gentry ph-lf 1 0 1 0

Totals 30 3 6 3 Totals 32 2 6 2

Minnesota 000 000 300— 3

Texas 001 100 000— 2

E—C.Herrmann (1). DP—Minnesota 1, Texas 1. LOB—Minnesota 2, Texas 6. 2B—Plouffe (19), Dav.Murphy (24). 3B—Gentry (3). HR—C.Herrmann (4), Morneau (17), Profar (5). SB—Kinsler (12), Rios (32). CS—Florimon (5).

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Hendriks W,1-2 6 5 2 1 3 2

Duensing H,13 Xc 1 0 0 0 0

Roenicke H,12 Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Burton H,23 1 0 0 0 0 0

Perkins S,31/34 1 0 0 0 0 2

Texas

Darvish L,12-6 6Xc 3 3 3 2 11

Cotts Zc 1 0 0 0 0

Scheppers 1 1 0 0 0 1

R.Ross 1 1 0 0 0 1

T—2:45. A—34,815 (48,114).