|2013 Regular Season|
Darvish, who allowed four runs and seven hits, retired 15 of the final 16 Tigers he faced, including 10 straight. He improved to 5-0 over his last six starts.
Washington said Darvish felt fine Friday and went through his normal exercise routine. Darvish's next scheduled start is Tuesday against Oakland.
Darvish yielded three hits and three runs, leaving after the seventh with an 8-3 lead. In his previous outing against the Astros, he came within one out of pitching a perfect game at Houston on April 2. He struck out eight.
Darvish's 72 strikeouts lead baseball and he's averaging 14.2 per nine innings.
Darvish (5-1, 2.33 ERA) hadn't given up more than six hits or three runs before Tuesday but has 58 strikeouts in 38 2-3 innings.
It was the right-hander's 11th double-digit strikeout performance in 34 major league starts.
Darvish had last started the previous Friday night at Seattle, when he gave up three runs in the first inning of a 3-1 loss. The Rangers had planned in advance to skip the Japanese ace's scheduled start at the Chicago Cubs because of the cool weather - and the game that would have been his turn to pitch ended up being rained out anyway.
Darvish allowed three runs over six innings and fanned eight. He has never won at Safeco Field, going 0-3 with a 7.7 ERA.
Darvish struck out six and allowed six hits. He also walked four. He's 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA.
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