In a near-perfect effort on the road, Darvish set down the first 26 Astros in order and then fired a 91-mph four-seamer toward the plate. Marwin Gonzalez rifled it right back through the box and through Darvish's legs, and all the pitcher could do was smile. After all, he had whiffed 14. It was part of an overall club-strikeout record, too, because by whiffing 46 Astros in that series, Texas became the first team to strike out 43 batters in the first three games of a season.
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