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Yu Darvish’s scoreless-inning streak stopped at 46

Yu Darvish

Nippon Ham Fighters pitcher Yu Darvish smiles a big smile at a press conference in Sapporo, northern Japan, on Thursday Jan. 6, 2011 after a new contract signing that makes him the highest-paid player in Japanese professional baseball. The 24-year-old Darvish was given a $2 million raise Thursday that will bring his annual salary with the Nippon Ham Fighters to $6 million. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, FOR COMMERCIAL USE ONLY IN NORTH AMERICA


Yu Darvish, who tied a Pacific League record with his third straight shutout last week, gave up two runs in a complete-game loss Wednesday as the Hanshin Tigers edged the Nippon-Ham Fighters 2-1.

Darvish’s scoreless streak was up to 46 innings when he gave up a run in the third inning today. He later gave up one more in the seventh. Only one of the two runs was earned.

The 24-year-old Darvish was undone by former major leaguer Matt Murton, who went 2-for-4 and drove in one of the two runs. Ex-Marlin Randy Messenger started for Hanshin and allowed one run in six innings in a no-decision.

Darvish ended up striking out 10 in the game. His scoreless streak was the second longest in Pacific League history behind Tadashi Sugiura’s 54 2/3-inning streak in 1959.

Darvish is now 8-2 with a 1.39 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 84 innings this season.