Illness forces Dice-K to leave after one inning


New York Mets right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka started against the San Diego Padres on Sunday but left in the first inning after falling ill with an upset stomach.

Matsuzaka, who was suffering from bouts of nausea before the game, walked two batters but got Chase Headley to ground out to end the inning after a pep talk from Mets manager Terry Collins. The Mets defeated the Padres 3-1.

“I went out there and asked him if he could finish the inning,” Collins was quoted saying on ESPN.com. “He said ‘I have no strength but I can finish the inning.’ We had to get him out of there.”

Matsuzaka, who was making his fourth start of the season, recovered after going on an intravenous drip at the stadium.

“I felt nothing this morning. (The illness) came on suddenly,” Matsuzaka said. “I knew that I couldn’t last that long, but I thought I could pitch. In the end, it was just one inning. I feel bad since it was an extra burden for the bullpen. I really wanted to pitch longer,” he said.

Matsuzaka is 3-0 with one save and a 2.88 ERA in 20 games.

Carlos Torres (3-4) relieved Matsuzaka to start the second, and the late-inning reliever looked unsettled. He gave up three straight singles, including Rene Rivera’s RBI infield hit. But he didn’t give up another hit in four innings, tossing a season-high 63 pitches.

“We’re ready to do our job,” Torres said. “This obviously was an extreme situation.”

Reds 13, Brewers 4

In Milwaukee, Billy Hamilton led off the game with a home run and Brandon Phillips added a two-run shot later in the first inning.

Cubs 3, Phillies 0

In Philadelphia, Travis Wood pitched hitless ball into the sixth inning and Chicago won a road series for the first time this season.

Marlins 3, Pirates 2 (10)

In Miami, Casey McGehee tied the game in the eighth inning with a two-out, two-run double, then drove home the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th.

Cardinals 5, Nationals 2

In St. Louis, Matt Adams homered for the third straight game, all with his father in attendance.

Rockies 8, Giants 7

In San Francisco, Justin Morneau hit a two-run double in the eighth inning.

Diamondbacks 6, Dodgers 3

In Los Angeles, Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero homered to help Bronson Arroyo win his third straight start.


Mariners 5, Rangers 1

In Seattle, Kyle Seager had four hits and three RBIs as the Mariners stopped a five-game losing streak.

Hisashi Iwakuma pitched eight sharp innings to improve to 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA in three starts this month. The right-hander struck out six and walked none in his fourth start this season of eight innings.

Athletics 10, Yankees 5

In Oakland, Derek Norris and Coco Crisp each hit a three-run homer to power Jesse Chavez and the A’s.

Ichiro Suzuki was 2-for-4 for the Yankees.

Tigers 4, Twins 3

In Detroit, right fielder Oswaldo Arcia’s error led to J.D. Martinez’s sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.

Indians 3, Red Sox 2 (11)

In Boston, Nick Swisher led off the 11th inning with a homer as Cleveland earned a four-game split.

Rays 4, Astros 3

In Houston, David Price shook off a tough start to strike out 10, and pinch hitter Jerry Sands broke three bats while singling home the go-ahead run in the eighth.

Royals 6, White Sox 3

In Chicago, Salvador Perez connected on a three-run homer for Kansas City.

Blue Jays 5, Orioles 2

In Baltimore, J.A. Happ pitched into the seventh inning and Dioner Navarro had three hits and two RBIs.


Braves 7, Angels 3

In Atlanta, Tommy La Stella had three hits, including a two-run double in the Braves’ four-run sixth.