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Darvish wins 1st start since 2014 as Rangers top Pirates 5-2

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Darvish K's 7 in Rangers return (0:20)

Yu Darvish goes five innings striking out seven with only one walk in his return to the Rangers rotation. (0:20)

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Yu Darvish struck out seven in five strong innings in his first start in the majors in almost 22 months, and the Texas Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Saturday night.

The Japanese right-hander allowed three singles with a walk in his return from last year's Tommy John surgery, ending Pittsburgh's five-game winning streak.

Adrian Beltre had a two-run homer in the first inning off Juan Nicasio (3-3) to become the fourth third baseman with at least 1,500 RBI, finishing with 1,501.

Mitch Moreland snapped a 1-for-27 skid with a solo home run in the fourth.

The "Yuuu" calls from a sellout crowd started early for Darvish, who last pitched in the big leagues on Aug. 9, 2014.

Four Texas relievers allowed four hits and a run with four strikeouts in four innings.