CHICAGO – After nine seasons in Japan and three years in the minor leagues, Cubs starter Tsuyoshi Wada finally picked up that elusive first major league victory.
Wada (1-1) left little doubt to Monday night’s outcome, pitching seven strong innings as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-1.
“I have so many people I want thank for pushing me to hang in there,” said Wada. “I thought to myself that it probably would be over for me if I did poorly today. If I get another chance, I want to produce results. I finally won; this is the start for me.”
In only his third career start in the majors, Wada cut through the Colorado lineup, allowing one run and five hits. It was a far cry from his last outing, when he lasted just four innings and gave up five runs in a loss to San Diego.
“I’m so happy for him,” catcher John Baker said about Wada’s first win. “It’s great, when you’re having a tough season like we’re having, to have little victories like that.”
The sole blemish on Wada’s performance came in the sixth when the Rockies got three hits, capped by Nolan Arenado’s RBI single.
“He executed pitches, got some big outs when he needed to and got out of traffic that developed late,” manager Rick Renteria said. “He did a nice job and gave us some innings.”
The 33-year-old Wada won 107 games over nine seasons in Japan. He signed a two-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles two seasons ago but injured his elbow soon after joining the club and underwent undergo Tommy John surgery in May 2012. He signed with the Cubs in December 2013.
“It’s the second time I pitched in Chicago, so it was a little more relaxed,” Wada said. “I’m happy about this first win.”
Braves 2, Padres 0
In Atlanta, Ervin Santana threw eight scoreless innings, Evan Gattis homered for the first time in more than a month and the Braves blanked San Diego.
Santana (10-6) allowed just five hits and matched his career high with 11 strikeouts. Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his 32nd save.
Marlins 7, Nationals 6
In Miami, Jeff Baker hit a two-out RBI single to cap a four-run rally in the ninth inning as Florida won its fifth straight.
The Marlins trailed 6-1 in the seventh and Washington’s Rafael Soriano (2-1), who earned his 200th career save Sunday, took the mound in the ninth with a 6-3 lead and blew a save for the fourth time this season.
Mets 7, Phillies 1
In New York, Travis d’Arnaud went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and Bartolo Colon made his second straight strong start for the Mets.
D’Arnaud hit one of three doubles for New York as they took a 4-0 lead in the first. Then the catcher’s seventh home run of the season broke the game open in the fifth.
Pirates 5, Giants 0
In San Francisco, Vance Worley tossed a four-hitter for his first career shutout, and the Pirates pounded Madison Bumgarner early in a victory over the struggling Giants.
Diamondbacks 2, Reds 1 (15)
In Cincinnati, Nick Ahmed’s RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning sent the Diamondbacks to a victory over the Reds and kept their franchise perfect when games go really long.
Arizona is 13-0 all-time in games of at least 15 innings.