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Japanese pitchers Tanaka and Darvish star in wins

AP--Japanese pitchers shone in Friday's Major League Baseball action, with Masahiro Tanaka guiding the New York Yankees to a 5-3 win at Milwaukee and Yu Darvish coming agonizingly close to a no-hitter once again as Texas defeated Boston 8-0.

Among other games, majors-leading San Francisco beat the Los Angeles Dodgers but lost Brandon Belt to injury, while Oakland's Tommy Milone pitched the Athletics to a shutout win over Washington.

Yankees starter Tanaka pitched into the seventh inning, allowing only two runs and one walk with seven strikeouts, improving his season record to 5-0. He did not fare as well with the bat. In his first interleague game, Tanaka made three appearances at the plate, striking out each time.

Yangervis Solarte hit a three-run homer for the Yankees, while Derek Jeter failed to get a hit but was again the center of attention. During the sixth inning, a fan jumped from the stands and headed toward Jeter, getting within a few steps before security guards tackled him to the ground.

Texas' Darvish came within one out of a no-hitter for the second time in his major-league career as the Rangers beat Boston.

With two outs in the ninth and the rare feat within reach, Boston's David Ortiz hit a shot past diving the diving second baseman for the single. Darvish, who lost a perfect-game bid with two outs in the ninth inning last season against Houston, bent down and put his glove on his hip in disappointment after the base hit.

Darvish (3-1) struck out 12 and walked two while throwing 126 pitches.

Milone Goes Eight Scoreless, Votto Drives Game Winner

Oakland's Tommy Milone may not be Japanese, but performed just as well as Tanaka and Darvish as he guided the Athletics to an 8-0 win over Washington.

Milone (1-3) gave up only two hits in eight scoreless innings and 108 pitches, striking out seven, to record his first win of the season.

Brandon Moss homered and finished with three RBIs, and Yoenis Cespedes and John Jaso each hit a solo shot for the A's, who remained two games clear atop the American League West.

San Francisco has the same two-game lead atop the National League West after a 3-1 win at the Los Angeles Dodgers.

However the win came at a cost as first baseman Brandon Belt suffered a broken left thumb when he was hit by a pitch. Belt leads the Giants with nine home runs this season.

San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner pitched eight superb innings and Brandon Crawford hit a two-run homer.

Cincinnati's Joey Votto hit a game-ending solo homer to give the Reds a 4-3 win over Colorado.

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