The right-hander will try to produce another such outing Wednesday night while denying the Angels their first three-game win streak in a little more than a month.
Darvish (11-7, 4.05 ERA) was among the final players to make the AL roster for the All-Star game but hasn't pitched like one in two of his last three starts. He gave up a career-high seven runs at Seattle during his first start back from the break on July 14 and six over 6 1-3 innings to the Chicago White Sox on Friday, the most he's allowed at home this season.
Darvish is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA over his last two starts in Arlington after winning each of his first seven.
"Overall it was not a good game," he said through a translator.
Darvish had a better effort against the Angels (57-47) on July 21, giving up two runs and three hits over seven innings in a 9-2 road victory. He's 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in three starts against Los Angeles and gave up three runs and three hits over 5 1-3 innings in his only matchup in Texas, a 10-3 victory May 11.
Darvish has stymied Albert Pujols in those outings, giving up one single in eight at-bats, but the Angels slugger will enter this game after hitting a pair of homers in a 6-2 victory Tuesday. Mike Trout , who homered for the second straight game, is 4 for 9 with one longball against Darvish and is hitting .442 against the Rangers (59-43) this season
Trout set an AL rookie record for home runs in July with 10 and tied a major league rookie mark with 32 runs scored in the month.
"I just went out there and played my game," he said. "It's being more comfortable out there."
With Trout's help, Los Angeles will try to continue cutting into Texas' lead in the AL West by earning a third straight win for the first time since a four-game run June 24-28. The Rangers, 4-7 against the Angels this season, will attempt to avoid their first three-game skid since a season-high five consecutive defeats July 1-6.
Richards heads into this start after failing to follow up on a superb outing in Detroit on July 17. The right-hander tossed seven scoreless innings in that game but gave up four runs over five frames during a 4-1 loss to Kansas City last Tuesday.
"I'm going to go out and I'm going to pitch my game," he told the team's website. "I'm going to attack guys. I'm going to pitch in and get ahead early."
Richards has no record and a 1.59 ERA in two career starts against the Rangers but threw only 19 pitches during the first of those on Aug. 15, 2011, before leaving with a strained groin.
|Los Angeles Angels|
|July 30, 2012||Mark Trumbo||Day-to-Day||Back spasms|
|July 30, 2012||Dan Haren||Day-to-Day||Back stiffness|
|July 29, 2012||Mike Trout||Day-to-Day||Left knee contusion|
|July 28, 2012||Scott Downs||15-Day DL||Left shoulder strain|
|July 22, 2012||Erick Aybar||15-Day DL||Fractured big right toe|
|July 09, 2012||Jordan Walden||15-Day DL||Strained right biceps|
|July 19, 2012||Colby Lewis||15-Day DL||Torn flexor tendon, right elbow|
|July 06, 2012||Josh Hamilton||Day-to-Day||Left game - Lower back spasms|
|June 26, 2012||Mark Lowe||15-Day DL||Strained right intercostal muscle|
|June 24, 2012||Colby Lewis||15-Day DL||Right forearm tendinitis|
|June 24, 2012||Matt Harrison||Day-to-Day||Left game - left hip soreness|
|June 24, 2012||Colby Lewis||15-Day DL||Right forearm tendinitis|
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Elvis Andrus and the Texas Rangers were not going to let the Angels beat them again - even if they needed two improbable comebacks to win.
Andrus had a game-ending two-run single in the 10th inning, and the Rangers rallied from six runs down to beat Los Angeles 11-10 on Wednesday night.
"Our mentality was to win no matter what," said Andrus, who went 4 for 6 with three RBIs. "It was a great game for us."
The Rangers came into this four-game series leading the Angels by five games in the American League West. Los Angeles won the first two games of the series by a combined 21-10 and were on its way to three in a row.
Texas was down 7-1 in the fifth before rallying to force extra innings. The Angels scored three in the 10th inning to take a 10-7 lead before the wild finish to a game that lasted 4 hours, 1 minute.
The Rangers extended their lead in the American League West to four games over the Angels and 4 1/2 over third-place Oakland.
"We kept battling, we kept grinding and we got blessed," Texas manager Ron Washington said.
Nelson Cruz homered, and Mitch Moreland singled off Jason Isringhausen (3-1) to bring the Rangers to 10-9. With the bases loaded, Andrus drove a single past third baseman Alberto Callaspo to set off a wild celebration near second base.
"It was a crazy game in Texas," Isringhausen said. "I've seen a lot of them. A six-run lead is not safe."
The comebacks seemed unlikely because the Texas offense struggled mightily during a 9-14 July. The Rangers scored 81 runs in the month, last in the American League.
It was only the second time in Texas history the club has rallied to win after trailing by at least three in extra innings. The Rangers also did it May 18, 1975, against Detroit.
"It was great to break out like this," said Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler , who homered in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 7. "Hopefully we can take that into (Thursday)."
Albert Pujols connected twice for his second straight multihomer game. His second home run, a two-run shot in the 10th, was one of four long balls hit between the two teams in the final two innings.
Chris Iannetta also homered in the 10th for the Angels.
Joe Nathan (2-3) gave up Iannetta's homer on a full-count pitch and Pujols' two-run drive but still earned the win.
It was Pujols' 44th multihomer run of his career, third-most among active players. He had never had consecutive multihomer games in the regular season.
Kinsler's solo shot off Ernesto Frieri with one out in the ninth forced extra innings. It was Frieri's first blown save in 13 chances.
"It was a great, great game on both sides," Angels right fielder Torii Hunter said. "We got their closer, and they got our closer. It was a lot of fun. But at the same time, it broke my heart."
Cruz kept the Rangers within a run in the top of the ninth when he threw out Kendrys Morales trying to score on a single to right.
New acquisition Ryan Dempster will take the mound for the Rangers on Thursday night as they look to split the series against their rivals. He will face left-hander C.J. Wilson, who left Texas as a free agent in the offseason.
"It was a great team effort from top to bottom," Texas' Michael Young said. "It was definitely a great win for us."
Pujols had four RBIs to give him 1,400 for his career. Hunter and Callaspo each added two RBIs for Los Angeles.
Yu Darvish started for the Rangers and equaled his season-high by allowing seven runs and walking six over five innings.
Garrett Richards , who was starting in place of an ailing Dan Haren , gave up five runs and nine hits before he was chased with two outs in the sixth.
The Angels led 7-1 before the Rangers rallied with four in the fifth and one in the eighth.
David Murphy , who was 3 for 3 and reached base five times, had an RBI single in the eighth that closed the gap to 7-6.
This was Texas' largest comeback since a six-run rally Aug. 13, 2010, against the Red Sox.
The Angels scored six runs on only two hits in their third-inning outburst. They benefited from four walks, an error and Darvish's poor throw on a fielder's choice as 10 men came to the plate.
Pujols lined a 1-1 pitch from Darvish into the Angels bullpen - the first hit for Los Angeles in the game - to make it 4-0.
After two more walks in the third, Callaspo doubled in a pair to make it 6-0.
NOTES: Rangers right-hander Neftali Feliz underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Wednesday. Team physician Dr. Keith Meister performed the operation. .... With temperatures over 100 degrees, the Angels limited their pregame work outside. Manager Mike Scioscia said his players only spent about 25 minutes outside taking fielding and batting practice, which is about 20 minutes less than average. ... After three games batting fifth, Rangers CF Josh Hamilton was moved in the third slot Wednesday and went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts.