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Rangers' Darvish loses perfect game, no-hitter with two outs in ninth

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  1. Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish has not allowed a baserunner through eight innings, as the Rangers lead the Astros 7-0 in the ninth inning. Darvish has struck out 14. Darvish will face the 7-8-9 hitters in the Astros order.
  2. First up for Houston is DH Jason Castro. (Remember the Astros are an American League team now.)
  3. Castro grounds out easily to short, 25 up, 25 down. Carlos Corporan up.
  4. Corporan grounds out on the first pitch to second base. Darvish has thrown 110 pitches. One out from history.
  5. And Marwin Gonzalez breaks up the no-hitter with a hard-hit ball through the legs of Darvish, up the middle and into centerfield for a single (see video below).
  6. Michael Kirkman came on to relieve Darvish after Gonzalez's single. He gives up another hit to Jose Altuve, then strikes out Brett Wallace to finish the game with a combined two-hit shutout. 
  7. Darvish threw 111 pitches, 78 for strikes, getting the victory.
  8. It would have been only the 24th perfect game in major league history. Last year there were three perfect games thrown, by Phillip Humber, Matt Cain and Felix Hernandez. Gregor Blanco made one of the catches of the year to preserve Cain's perfect game:
  9. Gregor Blanco preserves Perfect Game with a diving catch
  10. And of course, who will ever forget the blown call that denied Detroit's Armando Galarraga of a perfect game in June of 2010?
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