Searching for consistency, Texas Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando tried the Yu Darvish approach in a start against the Chicago Cubs by throwing from the stretch in the first three innings.

The simplified delivery did not bring improved command. Ogando consistently missed his spots in the first three innings, allowing two walks and homers by Alfonso Soriano on a bad slider and Darwin Barney on a high fastball.

Ogando returned to a full delivery for the final two innings, and the results were better. He retired six of the eight batters he faced and kept the Cubs from scoring after they put the first two batters on in the fifth.

“Things do not always come out the way you want, but overall I thought it went well,” said Ogando, speaking through an interpreter.