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There was a wild pitch in the first thrown so hard that it ricocheted off the backstop right back to Napoli.
Kyle Seager had a two-run single and Miguel Olivo's RBI single reloaded the bases before Munenori Kawasaki, an eight-time All-Star in Japan who was the only Mariner to previously face Darvish, walked on four pitches.
"In the first inning, it just seemed like he couldn't get control of his emotions. He checked himself, and showed what kind of battler and warrior he is," manager Ron Washington said. "He got us into the sixth inning, almost finished the sixth."
After No. 9 batter Brendan Ryan was hit by a pitch with one out in the third, Darvish retired the next 10 batters before Dustin Ackley walked and Ichiro Suzuki singled with two outs in the sixth. Alexi Ogando struck out Justin Smoak to end the inning.
"He throws hard. That slider is deceptive," Ryan said of Darvish. "I'm sure he's going to pitch a lot better than he did tonight, and I'm sure he was not very satisfied with it, but he settled down there in the middle and gave them a chance to close it out."
Darvish struck out five and walked four while throwing 59 of his 110 pitches for strikes. He gave up eight hits.
Seattle starter Hector Noesi (0-1) only made it into the fourth. The right-hander was gone after Napoli drew a leadoff walk and Moreland followed by pulling a 382-foot homer down the right-field line for a 7-5 lead.
Michael Young and Cruz had consecutive two-out RBI singles in the first off Noesi, but Seattle got another run in the second when Suzuki doubled and scored on a double by Seager.
NOTES: Erasmo Ramirez made his major league debut relieving Noesi. The right-hander allowed only one run, Hamilton's homer, in his three innings. ... Neftali Feliz, the Rangers' closer-turned-starter, makes his first start Tuesday night against Seattle. He faces right-hander Blake Beaven, the former top prospect for the Rangers who was traded to Seattle two seasons ago in the Cliff Lee deal.
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