The New York Yankees finally got the best of Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish last week, but perhaps owe the weather a little thanks.
Darvish will try to bounce back from that defeat and win his 10th game of the season on Monday night when the Rangers open a three-game set with the Yankees.
Facing the Yankees for the fourth time in his career, Darvish lost a 2-1 road decision on Wednesday in a game called in the fifth inning due to rain. The 27-year-old was charged with both runs on four hits, striking out five without a walk.
Darvish was called for a balk in the third inning that forced in the tying run, then served up a solo homer to Brett Gardner.
Heavy rain then caused a one-hour, 49-minute rain delay and the game was called, though Darvish appeared ready to get back on the mound at any time.
"He told me one time he threw three games in one day," Rangers manager Ron Washington said of Darvish. "Having to sit down and get back up, it doesn't affect him, but it affects us."
Instead, the righty dropped to 9-6 with a 2.92 earned run average on the season and 2-1 lifetime versus the Yankees with a 1.85 ERA.
David Phelps was credited with the win last Wednesday and counters Darvish again tonight looking to push his unbeaten streak to nine straight appearances.
The 27-year-old righty has not lost since June 7, winning four straight decisions. He won his second start in a row on Wednesday, yielding the one run over five innings that came on Rougned Odor's double play ground out in the third frame.
Phelps is 5-4 with a save and 3.77 ERA in 24 games this year, 15 of those starts. He is 2-0 with a 4.38 ERA in his career versus Texas, spanning three games with two starts.
The Yankees won the opener of a three-game set with Toronto on Friday for their seventh victory in eight games, but lost the final two games of the series. It marked the first time New York dropped consecutive home games to the Blue Jays since Aug. 2-3, 2010.
The series loss also moved the Yankees a game back of the Blue Jays for second place in the AL East, four games back of the first-place Baltimore Orioles.
"A frustrating loss against a (division) team we're fighting against," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi following a 5-4 setback on Sunday.
Texas, meanwhile, has lost seven of nine and is 24 1/2 games out of first place in the AL West. The Rangers have even fallen a game behind the Houston Astros for fourth in the division.
The Yankees won three of four versus the Rangers last week.