Even Yu Darvish couldn't contain his excitement with the way he ended Saturday's start.

The Texas Rangers' rookie pitching phenom made a living by fooling Angels sluggers Albert Pujols, Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout on Saturday at Angel Stadium with a can't-catch fastball.

With one on and two outs in the seventh, Trout struck out on another fastball, and Darvish slammed his hand into his glove.

It was an unusual display of emotion, at least for the 25-year-old Japanese sensation, but he couldn't help reap some joy out of that. His exclamation mark on a dominant victory gave him 11 strikeouts and a Rangers rookie record of six games with at least 10 strikeouts.

Darvish was good early and often - and he's usually not-so-good early and oh-so-good later - and his mastery of the Angels' lineup resulted in a 9-2 thrashing of the Angels. He allowed just two runs on three hits and threw 75 of his 117 pitches for strikes.

"He's got a really nasty slider, too, but his fastball moves to the point where it's really tough to judge where it's going to end up a lot of the time," Trumbo said.