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“We lost in Baltimore because of Mother Nature. We won tonight because of Mother Nature. That just happens in our game,” Girardi said.

Darvish (9-6) allowed four hits and threw 67 pitches in his second complete game of the year. He struck out five and walked none.

When the rain started, it took 13 minutes and three tries for the grounds crew to drag the soaked tarp over a drenched infield. Bat boys, clubhouse attendants and security guards in clear ponchos rushed out to help. One stumbled and briefly got trapped underneath. It took more than 30 men to finally finish the job, bringing a roar from the crowd.

Only 15 minutes later, the rain had stopped and workers removed the tarp. But the playing surface was so wet, it took about 50 minutes to dry and prepare the field.

A public-address announcement informed fans the game was scheduled to resume at approximately 10:05 p.m. But as Darvish headed back to the mound and other players warmed up, Girardi stalked around near first base testing the surface.

He motioned for an audience, and the huddle that ensued included both managers, Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux and Cunningham, who appeared to be doing much of the talking.

The umpires and grounds crew headed back underneath the stands, and Texas players milled around in front of their dugout for about 20 minutes waiting for word. Darvish flipped a ball, and even pawed at the dirt near third base.

When the rain started falling again around 10:25 p.m., the tarp was placed back over the infield. And that was it.

Cervelli hit a leadoff double in the third and scored on Darvish’s second career balk. Gardner followed with his 10th home run, the first time he’s reached double digits in seven major league seasons.

“That’s amazing. He’s been doing that for us the whole year,” Cervelli said.

Texas scored in the third on Odor’s double-play grounder after consecutive singles by Martin and Chris Gimenez.

NOTES: Rangers RF Alex Rios returned to the lineup after missing three games with a sprained right ankle. … Washington said there are still “ghosts” at the new Yankee Stadium, which opened in 2009. “I think they just came across the street,” he said. … RHP Michael Pineda (right shoulder muscle) is scheduled to throw 30 pitches over two innings in a simulated game Thursday. … There won’t be any update on RHP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) for another two weeks, Girardi said. New York is hoping Tanaka can avoid Tommy John surgery and return in September. … CC Sabathia had his season-ending knee surgery.