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Yu Darvish Loses Bid for Perfect Game in 7th Inning After Misplayed Fly Ball
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Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish has come close to throwing a perfect game in the past, and was on the cusp of the feat yet again Friday night against the Boston Red Sox. Unfortunately, a misplayed fly ball cost him another chance at joining the exclusive club.

With two outs in the top of the seventh inning, Darvish got David Ortiz to lift a lazy fly ball into right field. Second baseman Rougned Odor—playing in only his second game at the big-league level—was under the ball because the Rangers had a shift on, but a miscommunication between him and right fielder Alex Rios allowed the ball to drop into no-man's land. 

Update: Wednesday, May 14 at 12:56 p.m. ET

As expected, the ruling has been overturned.

CBSSports.com's Mike Axisa reported that David Ortiz appealed the ruling after the game in hopes of getting credit for a hit. On Wednesday, Major League Baseball changed the scoring decision from an error to a hit.

It would have been interesting to see how the league would have handled the appeal had Yu Darvish not allowed a hit in the ninth inning.

--End of Update--

On plays like this, where no fielders touch the ball, the official scorer typically credits the batter with a hit. This ended up being the case for Darvish, who was the beneficiary of the hometown scorer.

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With the pressure of perfection lifted off his shoulders, Darvish continued his dominance and was within one out of throwing the first no-hitter of his career. But on his 126th and final pitch of the night, Big Papi was able to find a hole in the shift.

Odor had a chance—albeit a slim one—to redeem himself, but wasn't able to stab the hard ground ball: 

Had Darvish completed the no-hitter, this controversial ruling would have been talked about for quite some time. 

 

[MLB.com, MLB.com]

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