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Yu Darvish denied rare perfect game

RECORD INTACT:Yu Darvish’s narrow miss of the perfect game left Hideo Nomo, who did it twice, as the only Japanese pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the major leagues

AFP and AP, HOUSTON, Texas

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AP, LOS ANGELES

Madison Bumgarner allowed two hits over eight innings, giving the San Francisco Giants a 3-0 win over the Dodgers, while overshadowing the debut of high-priced Los Angeles pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin on Tuesday night.

Bumgarner (1-0) struck out six and walked none in the second straight gem at Dodger Stadium. The only hits were a pair of doubles by Andre Ethier and A.J. Ellis.

Left-hander Clayton Kershaw homered and pitched a four-hit shutout in the Dodgers’ 4-0 victory on opening day Monday.

Sergio Romo worked a perfect ninth to earn his first save of the season.

Ryu’s debut helped draw 45,431 fans to see the left-hander, who signed a US$36 million, six-year deal with the team in December last year. Ryu (0-1) gave up three runs — one earned — and 10 hits in 6-1/3 innings. He struck out five, walked none and threw 80 pitches against the defending World Series champions.

CARDINALS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 1

In Phoenix, Arizona, Matt Holliday, Pete Kozma and Jon Jay homered as St Louis beat Arizona to even their season-opening series.

Jaime Garcia (1-0) gave up two hits, one of them a homer by Miguel Montero, in 5-2/3 innings for the Cardinals. Holliday’s two-run shot off Trevor Cahill broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning.

Kozma added a leadoff homer and Jay a two-run drive off the right-field foul pole, both off reliever Heath Bell in the seventh.

Kozma’s homer came on Bell’s first pitch with the Diamondbacks. Matt Carpenter doubled twice for St Louis.

Cahill (0-1) allowed three runs and five hits in 5-2/3 innings. He struck out seven.

Tuesday’s other result:

‧ Rockies 8, Brewers 4

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