ARLINGTON, Texas — Yu Darvish overcome a rocky start and got a big boost from the powerful Texas lineup, winning his much-anticipated major-league debut in the Rangers' 11-5 victory over the Mariners on Monday night.
After giving up four runs while throwing 42 pitches in the first, then allowing another run in the second, Darvish settled down and later retired 10 in a row while pitching into the sixth.
Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer in the third for Texas to tie the score at 5, then Mitch Moreland and Josh Hamilton both went deep in the fourth to give Darvish an 8-5 lead. Ian Kinsler added a three-run blast in the eighth.
Darvish, 25, was Japan's top pitcher before the Rangers committed more than $107 million to acquire him, including his guaranteed $56 million, six-year contract.
After hitting No. 9 batter Brendan Ryan with a pitch with one out in the third, Darvish retired the next 10 before Dustin Ackley walked and Ichiro Suzuki singled with two outs in the sixth.
When manager Ron Washington replaced him with Alexi Ogando — who struck out Justin Smoak to end that inning — Darvish got a loud ovation from the crowd that was also chanting "Yuuuuuuu!" as he walked to the dugout without acknowledging the cheers.
Seattle starter Hector Noesi only made it into the fourth. The right-hander was pulled after Mike Napoli drew a leadoff walk and Moreland followed by pulling a 382-foot homer down the rightfield line for a 7-5 lead.
Darvish got off to a tough start, walking leadoff hitter Chone Figgins on four pitches before striking out Ackley.
Ichiro then blooped a single just over third base, and Smoak lined a single to right before Kyle Seager's two-run single. Another walk and an RBI single by Miguel Olivo reloaded the bases before Munenori Kawasaki, an eight-time All-Star in Japan who was the only Mariner to previously face Darvish, walked on four pitches.