ATLANTA – Once again struggling with his pace on the mound, New York Mets starter Daisuke Matsuzaka was roughed up for six runs in three innings in a 13-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Monday.
Matsuzaka, who spent the bulk of the season with the Cleveland Indians’ Triple-A farm team, took his third loss in as many starts since signing with the Mets as a free agent and refused to make excuses for his latest loss.
“The results tell you the whole story,” said Matsuzaka. “There are no excuses. I’ve been playing baseball for a long time and experienced many periods where I have had to be patient but I can’t seem to find a way to get going.
“I just have to keep rolling with the punches. I have to try and do something about it while I am being told I am still allowed to pitch.”
Matsuzaka gave up seven hits and struck out three with two walks. He has a 10.95 ERA.
He said that if the Mets removed him from the rotation, he would “accept” it.
Matsuzaka had an RBI single in the second.
Dodgers 10, Rockies 8
In Denver, Clayton Kershaw surrendered a career-high 11 hits in five shaky innings and got the win and Yasiel Puig scored the go-ahead run in the sixth before leaving with a strained right knee as surging Los Angeles topped Colorado.
Pirates 5, Brewers 2
In Milwaukee, Neil Walker hit a three-run homer and Charlie Morton pitched seven strong innings as Pittsburgh beat the Brewers to retake the NL Central lead.
Milwaukee’s Norichika Aoki was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Reds 7, Cardinals 2
In Cincinnati, Choo Shin-soo and Joey Votto homered as the Reds roughed up Adam Wainwright for the second start in a row, leading Mat Latos and Cincinnati over St. Louis in the opener of a four-game series.
Phillies 3, Nationals 2
In Philadelphia, Carlos Ruiz hit a tiebreaking RBI single in Philadelphia’s two-run eighth inning, helping the Phillies edge Washington.
Ryan Zimmerman homered for the Nationals, who had won nine of 12.
Padres 4, Giants 1
In San Diego, Ian Kennedy beat an NL West opponent for the first time in 12 starts this season, pitching the Padres past San Francisco.
Barry Zito (4-11) lost his eighth straight decision, lasting four innings. He has won only once in his last 20 starts.
Marlins 4, Cubs 3
In Chicago, Henderson Alvarez hit his first career home run and pitched six innings before exiting with a hamstring injury as Miami beat the Cubs.
Athletics 4, Rangers 2
In Oakland, Coco Crisp hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fifth that was confirmed by a video review as the A’s pulled into a first-place tie with Texas atop the AL West.
Tigers 3, Red Sox 0
In Boston, Doug Fister rebounded from a miserable start with seven sharp innings, helping Detroit blank the Red Sox in a matchup of teams with the AL’s best records.
The Tigers won despite missing Miguel Cabrera for the third straight game. He has been sidelined by a strained abdomen, though general manager Dave Dombrowski said the Triple Crown winner has been more hampered by a groin problem.
Orioles 7, Indians 2
In Cleveland, Bud Norris stayed unbeaten as a starter with Baltimore and Nate McLouth homered and had three RBIs to lead the Orioles past the hosts.
Yankees 9, White Sox 1
In New York, Derek Jeter ended an 0-for-14 slump with two hits and two RBIs and Alex Rodriguez reached base twice in an eight-run fourth as the Yankees routed Chicago in a game interrupted for nearly two hours by rain.
New York pinch hitter Ichiro Suzuki flied out to end the eighth. He remained in the game as a defensive replacement in right field.
Royals 3, Mariners 1
In Kansas City, 195-cm left-hander Will Smith had a career-high eight strikeouts in an impressive 4⅓-inning relief appearance, guiding the Royals over Seattle.
Twins 10, Astros 6
In Houston, rookie Chris Colabello homered twice for Minnesota, including a tiebreaking grand slam in the ninth inning.
Angels 11, Rays 2
In Anaheim, Garrett Richards worked around a career-high seven walks over five innings and Erick Aybar drove in four runs as Los Angeles thumped Tampa Bay.
Blue Jays 4, Diamondbacks 1
In Phoenix, Esmil Rogers pitched 6⅓ innings of one-hit ball and Edwin Encarnacion hit his 35th home run to lead Toronto over Arizona.