NEW YORK – Daisuke Matsuzaka struggled on Wednesday, taking the loss in the New York Mets’ 6-2 defeat to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Matsuzaka (0-2), who spent the bulk of the season with the Cleveland Indians’ Triple-A farm team, was making his second start since signing with the Mets as a free agent. He allowed four runs on six hits, four walks and two hit batsmen in 4⅓ innings.
He struck out five, three of those coming when he pitched out of one-out, bases-loaded jams in the second and third innings.
“My pitches were moving and had some late life, but I couldn’t control them,” Matsuzaka said. “It must have been hard for the catcher, too.
“There’s no excuse for my forcing us to go to the bullpen so early in the game.”
The right-hander took an interminable amount of time between pitches and threw 82 over the first three innings.
Dodgers 4, Cubs 0
In Los Angeles, Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig was pulled by manager Don Mattingly after four innings following a pair of early episodes in a shutout win over Chicago.
Puig didn’t slide into second base to try to break up a double play in the first inning, then slammed his bat after striking out in the third. The Cuban newcomer is hitting .346.
Puig met with Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti behind closed doors after the game.
Pirates 7, Brewers 1
In Pittsburgh, Marlon Byrd celebrated his arrival in Pittsburgh with a three-run homer and the Pirates beat Milwaukee.
The Brewers’ Norichika Aoki was 1-for-4 with a walk.
Reds 10, Cardinals 0
In St. Louis, Jay Bruce homered and drove in five runs as Cincinnati tagged Adam Wainwright, leading Homer Bailey and the Reds over St. Louis to avoid a three-game sweep.
Nationals 4, Marlins 3
In Washington, Ian Desmond had three hits, including the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh, and the Nationals kept pace on the fringes of the playoff race with a rain-delayed win over Miami.
Rockies 5, Giants 4
In Denver, Jhoulys Chacin did not allow a hit for 6⅔ innings and hustled for a crucial RBI to help Colorado beat San Francisco.
Padres 5, Diamondacks 1
In Phoenix, Will Venable homered and drove in three runs as San Diego avoided a three-game sweep with a win over Arizona.
Braves 3, Indians 2
In Atlanta, Chris Johnson singled to left with two outs in the ninth for his first career walk-off hit.
Red Sox 4, Orioles 3
In Boston, pinch hitter Mike Carp’s bloop single to left in the eighth dropped just beyond the glove of Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado, scoring Jarrod Saltalamacchia for the tiebreaking run.
Koji Uehara earned his 14th save with a perfect ninth.
Rangers 12, Mariners 4
In Seattle, Leonys Martin homered and drove in a career-high four runs and Texas roughed up Felix Hernandez in a win over the Mariners.
Athletics 14, Tigers 4
In Detroit, Brandon Moss homered twice and drove in six runs to lead Oakland over the hosts.
Blue Jays 7, Yankees 2
In Toronto, Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run home run, rookie Todd Redmond snapped a seven-start winless streak and the Blue Jays beat New York.
Hiroki Kuroda (11-10) gave up seven runs, five earned, allowing nine hits in five innings for the Yankees. Teammate Ichiro Suzuki was 0-for-4.
Rays 4, Angels 1
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Chris Archer pitched seven strong innings, David DeJesus scored twice and Tampa Bay ended Los Angeles’ four-game winning streak.
Royals 8, Twins 1
In Minneapolis, Salvador Perez had four hits and two home runs as Kansas City routed the Twins.
White Sox 6, Astros 1
In Chicago, Chris Sale struck out 12 over eight-plus dominant innings and Avisail Garcia hit a three-run homer to lead the hosts past Houston.