Yu Darvish’s recent no-hit bid now officially ended in the seventh inning, not the ninth.
Major League Baseball on Wednesday overturned a disputed scoring decision from Friday night’s game between the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox. Acting on an appeal by Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, MLB changed an error in the seventh to a single on a high fly that dropped untouched between fielders.
Ortiz said Wednesday that he wouldn’t have appealed the play if it had been a no-hitter. Darvish had a perfect-game bid going until the ruling that attracted attention all across the majors.
With Darvish’s no-hit bid intact, Ortiz grounded a two-out single in the ninth inning.
“I complain about [it] because it was going to be a second hit, but that was going to be the only hit of the game, I wouldn’t bring it up,” Ortiz said.
The pitcher wasn’t concerned about the change.
“We won that game,” Darvish said. “Whether it was a one-hitter or two-hitter, we won the game. That’s something that happened in the past. The only thing I care about is the win.”
Veteran outfielder Alex Rios and 20-year-old second baseman Rougned Odor, playing his second major league game, were in position to catch the popup in the seventh inning. Instead, Rios suddenly slowed and Odor made a late lunge. The ball fell to the ground untouched between them.
Official scorer Steve Weller, in his 20th season working MLB games, charged Rios with an error. While that ended a perfect game, Darvish’s no-hit bid was still intact.
Weller made a judgment call that Rios, with normal effort, could have made a routine catch.
“I don’t think there’s a lot of argument about that,” Weller told a pool reporter after the game.
Even Ortiz acknowledged that the ball should have been caught. Rios also didn’t dispute the error.
Mets put Dillon Gee on the DL
Right-hander Dillon Gee has been put on the 15-day disabled list by the New York Mets because of a strained back muscle.
Gee is 3-1 with a 2.73 earned-run average in eight starts. He went on the DL retroactive to May 11 and hopes to sit out only two turns in the rotation.
Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud was having concussion tests after he was hit in the head by a backswing by Alfonso Soriano of the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.
Rangers put pitchers Matt Harrison, Martin Perez on the DL
Left-handers Matt Harrison and Martin Perez were put on the disabled list by the Texas Rangers.
General Manager Jon Daniels said Wednesday that Harrison has been diagnosed with significant nerve irritation in a vertebrae. He will have an injection Friday in an effort to alleviate the symptoms before considering other options, including surgery.
Harrison, who made only two starts last season before two operations on a herniated disk in his lower back, came out in the second inning of his start Tuesday night at Houston.
Perez has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. He could have an injection and rehab that could keep him out three months, or possibly have Tommy John surgery.
Family matter to keep Dioner Navarro away from Blue Jays
Catcher Dioner Navarro was put on the family medical emergency list by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Manager John Gibbons said Navarro is expected to sit out several days as he deals with a family matter.