Baseball: Matsuzaka Struggles, Shows Some Promise In 2nd Start


Baseball: Matsuzaka struggles, shows some promise in 2nd startDaisuke Matsuzaka struggled on Wednesday, taking the loss in the New York Mets' 6-2 defeat to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Matsuzaka (0-2), who spent the bulk of the season with the Cleveland Indians' Triple-A farm team, was making his second start since signing with the Mets as a free agent. He allowed four runs on six hits, four walks and two hit batsmen in 4-1/3 innings. He struck out five, three of those coming when he pitched out of one-out, bases-loaded jams in the second and third innings.

 

"My pitches were moving and had some late life, but I couldn't control them," Matsuzaka said. "It must have been hard for the catcher, too. There's no excuse for my forcing us to go to the bullpen so early in the game."

Mets manager Terry Collins, who managed in Japan with the Orix Buffaloes, said Matsuzaka will be effective, provided he has control.

"I will tell you his stuff's good enough. It plays," Collins said. "Tonight the command was off and therefore he was off. When he commands it, he's going to get outs because it's good enough."

In Toronto, New York Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda (11-10) had a second straight rough outing, matching his career-worst seven runs allowed for the second straight start in five innings in a 7-2 defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Kuroda gave up nine hits, a walk and a hit batsman, while striking out four. Ichiro Suzuki was 0-for-4 for the Yankees.

In Boston, Koji Uehara worked a scoreless ninth to earn the save in the Boston Red Sox's 4-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Uehara's 14th save is the most he's had in a season since moving to the big leagues in 2009. He had 13 with the Orioles in 2010.

Uehara's career high is 32, set in 2007 with the Central League's Yomiuri Giants.