Baseball: Darvish denied rare perfect game

The Texas Rangers' Japanese hurler Yu Darvish came within one out of pitching a rare perfect game on Tuesday, retiring 26 batters before surrendering a ninth-inning single to Houston's Marwin Gonzalez.

Darvish struck out 14 in a 7-0 victory, but his bid for a slice of Major League Baseball history was foiled by Gonzalez, who smacked a single up the middle that eluded both the pitcher and Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus.

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