NEW YORK – The New York Mets’ Daisuke Matsuzaka matched his big league-career high with 10 strikeouts on Saturday, but did not get a decision in a 5-4 victory over the Miami Marlins.
Matsuzaka allowed four runs and four hits in six innings with four walks at Citi Field. Although all four of the Marlins’ hits were for extra bases, it was a solid effort from Matsuzaka, who hadn’t struck out 10 in a game since 2007, his first season in the majors with the Boston Red Sox.
“There were times when I went for strikeouts and could get them, and times when I couldn’t,” Matsuzaka said. “When guys got on base I was unable to hang in there and keep them from scoring — Today was quite different from my last start.”
Behind three shutout innings from the Mets bullpen, New York tied it 4-4 in the seventh on a two-run Chris Young home run and took the lead in the eighth on an Eric Campbell RBI single.
The Marlins opened the scoring in the third, when Adeiny Hechavarria doubled to start the inning, was sacrificed to third and came home on an error by third baseman David Wright. With two on and one out, Matsuzaka found a higher gear and struck out the Marlins’ two best hitters, all-star slugger Giancarlo Stanton and cleanup hitter Casey McGehee.
The visitors made it 2-0 in the fifth when leadoff man Christian Yelich hit the third homer Matsuzaka has allowed this season in 72 innings.
The Mets tied it in the home half of the inning, but Matsuzaka was unable to hold the fort in the sixth. He issued a one-out walk to McGehee.
The former Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagle went to second on a passed ball and scored on a sinking liner to left center by Garret Jones. The ball got away from center fielder Juan Lagares and went for a double. Jones scored when Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson froze on a liner that sailed just over his head for an RBI double.
Nationals 5, Phillies 3 (10)
In Philadelphia, Ryan Zimmerman singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 10th, and Jayson Werth homered and had three RBIs as Washington prevailed against the Phillies.
The Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg struck out nine in 5⅔ innings and was in line for the victory before Ben Revere’s RBI single with two outs in the eighth tied it 3-3.
Braves 11, Cubs 6
In Chicago, Chris Johnson homered twice and pitcher Mike Minor hit his second career home run, leading Atlanta over the Cubs.
Johnson and Justin Upton each drove in four runs for the Braves.
Diamondbacks 2, Giants 0
In San Francisco, Aaron Hill homered, doubled and scored twice, Wade Miley pitched seven shutout innings and Arizona topped the Giants.
Mets 5, Marlins 4
In New York, Chris Young and rookie Eric Campbell delivered big hits off the bench in the late innings to rally the surging Mets past Miami.
Pirates 6, Reds 5 (11)
In Cincinnati, Andrew McCutchen tied the game with a solo homer in the ninth inning, then connected again in the 11th, rallying Pittsburgh past the Reds.
Dodgers 1, Padres 0
In Los Angeles, A.J. Ellis hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.