A Yu Darvish news conference typically has a moment where he says something in Japanese that makes all the reporters from Japan giggle, yet something is lost in the translation to English.

That’s not a slight on translator Kenji Nimura, who continues to be one of the Rangers’ best off-season acquisitions. That’s just the way translating go.

But the translation of one particular question about why Darvish threw so many fastballs Sunday came through crystal clear.

“I just wanted to shut all the people up who were talking about my fastballs,” Darvish said.

Darvish threw fastballs, lots of them, at the Cincinnati Reds. He showcased his four-seam fastball, his two-seamer and his cutter while tucking away his very effective, yet overused, slider in his back pocket.

The change in pitch selection came at the suggestion of pitching coach Mike Maddux and, apparently, just about everyone else after Darvish’s winless streak hit a career-high seven games.

Armed with his wide array of fastballs, which he commanded throughout the finale of a three-game series with the Reds, Darvish allowed four hits in 62/3 scoreless innings in a 3-2 victory and recorded his first win in eight starts.

Whether he agreed with those who told him he needed to make an adjustment, or whether he truly was nagged into submission, Darvish kept hitters guessing en route to his first victory since May 16.

“He mixed his pitches and wasn’t just sitting on one pitch,” manager Ron Washington said. “There were times they were looking for breaking stuff and he threw fastballs, and there were times they were looking for fastballs and he threw breaking stuff.

“That’s what pitchers do, keep hitters off-balance, and today he kept them off-balance.”

He did it by working off his four-seam fastball, which ran as fast as 96 mph. He threw 39 of those, 24 cut fastballs and 16 two-seamers while throwing only 25 sliders and five curveballs.