During a 10-inning 8-8 tie between Cleveland and Texas on Tuesday, Darvish turned in three inconsistent innings in his second outing of Spring Training for the Rangers. The Japanese right-hander allowed two runs and scattered three hits.
Over the winter, Texas reeled in Darvish with a lucrative deal after losing lefty C.J. Wilson to the Angels in free agency. The Rangers spent approximately $112 million to land the Japanese starter, who comes to the Major Leagues after pitching for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. The Rangers won the posting process and then signed Darvish to a six-year deal worth $60 million.
In his second start in a Rangers uniform, Darvish escaped trouble over the first two innings against the Indians.
Darvish walked Michael Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera in the opening frame, but both times the runners were thrown out trying to steal second base. The right-hander then struck out Shin-Soo Choo to end the first. After allowing a one-out single to Jose Lopez in the second inning, Darvish recovered with consecutive strikeouts of Jason Kipnis and Fred Lewis.
In the third inning, the Indians broke through for two runs against the right-hander. Jack Hannahan led off with a double and Darvish loaded the bases with back-to-back walks to Lou Marson and Brantley. Cabrera plated Hannahan with an RBI single to right field and Choo brought another run home with a groundout.
"He's good," Kipnis said of Darvish. "He's got good stuff It was good to see him the first time around where he was showing good stuff. He had good life on the fastball. He definitely looks comfortable out on the mound. He definitely looks like he's been there and he's not bothered by the new situations or the new batters he's facing."
Following Darvish's exit, the Indians chipped away at the Rangers' relief pitching. The Tribe scored two runs in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to run to an 8-7 lead over Texas. Marson contributed a two-run single off Koji Uehara in the fifth. One inning later, Kipnis added a two-run double off Joe Beimel. Cabrera and Travis Hafner each delivered an RBI sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.
That push erased the early lead surrendered by Indians starter Josh Tomlin, who gave up seven runs (four earned) in three innings against the Rangers. After a clean first inning, Tomlin surrendered a run-scoring triple to Engel Beltre in the second inning. Texas then posted a six-spot in the third innning -- highlighted by a two-run home run for Yangervis Solarte.
"Tomlin wasn't very sharp today," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "His pitches were flat and he wasn't able to put hitters away, especially when he had two strikes on them. Unfortunately, he couldn't get stretched out to four innings, which is what we wanted."
After Tomlin exited the game, right-hander Jeanmar Gomez held the Rangers' lineup in check for three frames. Gomez -- up against Kevin Slowey, David Huff and Zach McAllister in the battle for the Tribe's fifth rotation job -- allowed just one hit and induced six groundouts among the nine outs he created.
The Rangers' Greg Miclat tied the score with an RBI single in the ninth.
In the third inning, Rangers center fielder Craig Gentry sprained his left wrist on a diving attempt at Hannahan's leadoff double. Gentry exited the game and was examined by Dr. Tom Graham, a hand specialist. X-rays on Gentry's wrist came back negative for any structural damage and he will be re-evaluated on Wednesday.
Up next for Rangers: Second baseman Ian Kinsler is expected to be back in the lineup on Wednesday against the Rockies at 3:05 p.m. CT at Surprise Stadium. Kinsler, who is 3-for-14 this spring, has missed three straight games with stiffness in his lower back. Neftali Feliz will make his second start for the Rangers and will be followed by Michael Kirkman, Sean Green and Neal Cotts.
Up next for Indians: The Indians head to Scottsdale on Wednesday for a 4:05 p.m. ET tilt against the Giants. Right-hander Derek Lowe is scheduled to start for the Tribe -- opposite San Francisco's Matt Cain. Cleveland relievers Vinnie Pestano, Joe Smith and Tony Sipp are among the other arms available to pitch. The game can be heard via an exclusive free webcast on Indians.com.