How it happened: Yu Darvish was masterful, throwing the first complete-game shutout of his career. He did it in his 74th start in the big leagues. Darvish had nine strikeouts and three walks and threw 116 pitches. His offense got him some runs early, but he only needed one. And Darvish seemed to induce more ground balls on Wednesday than he normally does in his starts. His ERA is now 2.11.
What it means: The Rangers head on the road for a nine-game, 10-day trip through Seattle, Oakland and Anaheim on Friday and will do so off a win. They end up 3-6.
Early lead: For the second-straight start, the Rangers' offense got Darvish four early runs. He gave up that lead against the Cleveland Indians, though the Rangers won the game. This time he made the lead hold up without any issues. The bottom of the order got it started with catcher Chris Gimenez walking to lead off the third inning and three hits followed to score four runs. They added a run in the fourth to stake Darvish to a 5-0 advantage.
Stopping Stanton: Darvish did a nice job against the always dangerous Giancarlo Stanton, who hit No. 3 in the order and was batting .300 with 17 homers and 53 RBIs coming into the game. Stanton popped up to shortstop in the first as Darvish kept most of his pitches outside. He came inside on his at-bat in the fourth and jammed him, causing a popup to the catcher in foul territory. And Darvish saved one of his nasty sliders to strike out Stanton in the sixth. Stanton did get a single off Darvish, but it came to lead off the ninth in a six-run game.
More support: After receiving just five runs of support in his first five starts, Darvish has gotten 39 runs in his past seven starts. That's an average of 5.57 runs per start.
Multihit games: Adrian Beltre had two hits on Wednesday, including a 10-pitch single in the seventh. It was Beltre's fifth-straight multi-hit game, completing a terrific homestand for him (17-for-36) with three homers and nine RBIs. In the past 10 games in which Beltre has had a hit, he has had at least two.
Slump buster: Shin-Soo Choo managed to end an 0-for-18 string in a big way in the third, blasting a bases-clearing double down the right-field line. Giancarlo Stanton was not able to cut it off, and everyone just kept running. Choo then hit a single off reliever Kevin Slowey to right to score Elvis Andrus in the fifth. That was his fourth RBI of the night and it put Texas up 6-0.
Wild-pitch fever: The Rangers are very aggressive when it comes to wild pitches and they've scored some runs on this homestand racing to the plate after a ball gets away. That happened in the third as Choo scored on a wild pitch. Texas has prided itself for years on "dirt balls" -- taking the extra base whenever possible on balls that the catcher can't handle.