CINCINNATI (AP) — Yu Darvish hit only the second homer by a Rangers pitcher and Adrian Beltre hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning Wednesday night for a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds and a split of their two-game interleague series.
Darvish’s solo shot to center field was one of three homers by the Rangers, who wasted a three-run lead before rallying late. Beltre’s double off Blake Wood (5-2) snapped a 5-5 tie.
Nomar Mazara had a three-homer, and Ian Desmond followed Darvish’s homer in the fifth with one off Tim Adleman. The Reds have given up 10 homers in the last three games, including four sets of back-to-back homers.
Darvish let a 5-2 lead slip away. He walked a season-high five batters and hit a batter in six innings. A passed ball and an error led to two unearned runs.
Jake Diekman (4-2) went one inning and got the win. Sam Dyson pitched the ninth for his 28th save in 32 chances.
The win snapped Texas’ three-game losing streak. The Rangers haven’t lost more than four straight this season. They improved to 28-8 in one-run games, best in the majors.
Carlos Beltran was hitless in four at-bats, leaving him in an 0-for-24 slump that matches his career high from 2000.
Darvish’s best moment came in the fifth when he ended his 0 for 12 career slump with a homer to center. He tipped the bill of his batting helmet as he rounded third base and raised an index finger briefly as he headed for the plate. The only other Rangers pitcher to homer was Bobby Witt in 1997 at Dodger Stadium, in only their third interleague game.
He’s the fifth pitcher to homer against the Reds this season.
Darvish helped the Reds score two runs in the second. He hit Adam Duvall and walked two to load the bases. Duvall scored when Ramon Cabrera grounded into a forceout, and another run scored on Jonathan Lucroy’s passed ball.
Shortstop Elvis Andrus’ throwing error set up another unearned run in the fifth. Cabrera had an RBI double as the Reds tied it with three runs in the sixth, aided by another walk.
Rangers: RHP Tanner Scheppers had no problems after his third rehab appearance, an inning for Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday night. He’s missed the season recovering from surgery on his left knee.
Reds: SS Zack Cozart missed his seventh straight game with an inflamed left Achilles tendon. He worked out on the field before the game. Manager Bryan Price said he could be back in the lineup this weekend.
Rangers: LHP Cole Hamels (13-4) opens a series in Arlington against the Cleveland Indians. Since the All-Star break, Hamels is 4-2 with a 1.85 ERA in seven starts.
Reds: After a day off, they open a series in Arizona. LHP Brandon Finnegan (8-9) has 13 quality starts and has been the victim of blown saves four times.
Follow Joe Kay on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apjoekay