All-Star Darvish suffers first loss to Astros

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Yu Darvish made his second All-Star team on Saturday.

Then he went out and allowed a season-high five earned runs -- to the last-place Houston Astros.

It was one of those nights all the way around for the Rangers' pitching staff, and it started with Darvish, who came out to pitch the seventh inning, faced one batter and was gone.

Reliever Robbie Ross took over and allowed a three-run home run, and the Rangers, who had rallied to tie the game at 4-4 on Geovany Soto's three-run shot in the bottom of the sixth, were back down by three runs.

It was an erratic night for Darvish. He had four walks, tying a season high in the second straight game he's done that. All four runs by the Astros scored with two outs, as Darvish couldn't finish two innings.

"It’s obvious looking at today’s performance I didn’t perform like an All-Star," Darvish said.

Darvish allowed a two-run home run to Brandon Barnes in the fourth inning on a 93 mph fastball, putting the Rangers behind 2-0.

Darvish had a poor fifth inning. After getting the first two outs, he allowed a single and two walks to load the bases. Darvish got ahead of Astros left fielder Marc Krauss with a 1-2 count and threw a slider that got ripped through the hole between first and second from a 4-0 lead.

Darvish lamented not going after hitters more.

"I should’ve been a little bit more aggressive," Darvish said. "Not just this outing, but also the last outing I think I threw too many fastballs. I think I’m a breaking ball pitcher, and I think I should’ve thrown more breaking balls."

He started the seventh inning after sitting for a while as the Rangers almost batted around in the bottom of the six. But he also had new life after Soto's homer tied the game.

Darvish walked Jose Altuve on five pitches and was out of the game. The walk was enough for manager Ron Washington to pull his ace.

"We were going one batter at a time there," Washington said.

Darvish sat in the dugout as Ross allowed a three-run home run that saddled the Rangers' All-Star starter with his first career loss to the Astros.