Darvish piling up records, but not wins

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Yu Darvish is piling up the records the way he piles up strikeouts. Wins, lately, haven't been as easy.

Based on his dominating numbers -- a league-leading 236 strikeouts and a 2.73 ERA -- Darvish should be a Cy Young favorite. A failure to win winnable games in his past three outings is a troubling trend for the Texas Rangers' ace.

Texas has lost his past three starts to teams with losing records -- the Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox and, on Friday night, the Minnesota Twins. Darvish admitted to being frustrated by those outings. The Twins ruined a masterful performance with two home runs in the seventh on their way to a 3-2 win.

Darvish said it wasn't fatigue, despite throwing 107 pitches in 100-degree heat at game time.

"I felt fine, but in that situation in the seventh inning I told myself I can't allow a home run," he said through an interpreter. "And as soon as I told myself that, you know what happened."

Chris Herrmann and Justin Morneau went deep back to back, spoiling what otherwise was shaping up to be a special night. Darvish struck out the side in the sixth to reach double digits in strikeouts for the 11th time this season; no other pitcher has more than six such games.

Darvish now trails only Nolan Ryan's 301 strikeouts in 1989 on the club's single-season list. Darvish also has 64 punchouts in August, setting a team mark for the most in a month. The last two pitchers to record 60 strikeouts in a month were Randy Johnson and Johan Santana in 2004.

"Strikeouts are great, but the biggest thing is we've got to win the game," A.J. Pierzynski said. "We didn't score enough runs tonight to win the game. Yu threw the ball great. He made two mistakes and it cost him."

Darvish wasn't thinking no-hitter despite taking a no-no into the seventh for the third time this season -- the other two against Houston.

"As far as the first game of the season, I felt really well and I thought this could happen," he said. "But as far as the second and tonight's outing, physically I didn't think I was 100 percent, so I didn't think I was too careful or too cautious."

It just came down to two pitches.

"Of all the pitches that he threw, two pitches were the difference," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Fastball he wanted to go away with it and he cut it across the zone [to Herrmann], and then a breaking ball to Morneau. There was the difference right there."