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Matsuzaka falls to 0-3 after another bad outing for Mets

Kyodo, AP

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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

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.

INTERLEAGUE

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.