Yu Darvish loses perfect game with 2 outs in ninth inning

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    Yu Darvish saw the ball skip between his shins, dashing his chance at perfection. Immediately, several Texas Rangers came to the mound to console him.

    "I think my teammates were more disappointed than I was," he said through a translator.

    Darvish was one out from a perfect game when Marwin Gonzalez grounded a clean single through the pitcher's legs, and Texas beat the Houston Astros 7-0 on Tuesday night.

    The celebrated right-hander from Japan struck out a career-high 14 and was in complete control before Gonzalez smacked the first pitch up the middle. Darvish was unable to get his glove down in time, and the ball skittered into center field well beyond a desperate dive by shortstop Elvis Andrus.

    At that moment, one thought went through Darvish's mind.

    "I can now go back to the dugout," he deadpanned. "Even if I got the complete game today, it's not going to translate to three or five wins. It's a win. A win's a win."

    After the hit, Darvish smiled and put up his hands -- almost like, "Oh well, it happens." Texas' infielders quickly went to the mound, and manager Ron Washington joined them.

    "I didn't want to be the last out," Gonzalez said. "I was trying to look for a good pitch to hit and put it in play. That's all I was thinking."

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