Steven Matz has record day at plate in de­but

The China Post - - SPORTS -

In an as­ton­ish­ing de­but, Steven Matz be­came the only ma­jor league pitcher to drive in four runs in his first ca­reer game while lead­ing the New York Mets to a 7-2 vic­tory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sun­day.

Pitch­ing about 50 miles from home with a huge cheer­ing sec­tion on hand, Matz (1-0) got three hits in re­ju­ve­nat­ing an ane­mic of­fense and help­ing the Mets to a three-game sweep. He was aw­fully im­pres­sive on the mound, too, work­ing into the eighth in­ning af­ter giv­ing up a home run to his first bat­ter.

Matz be­came the first player — any po­si­tion — in fran­chise history to drive in four runs in his first big league game, in­clud­ing a two-run dou­ble off Josh Smith (0-1).

The team’s latest prized pitch­ing prospect, Matz had to wait 3 1/2 ex­tra hours to make his much-an­tic­i­pated de­but be­cause the teams needed 13 in­nings to first com­plete Satur­day’s game that was sus­pended by rain. Pick­ing up in the sev­enth in­ning, New York won 2-1 with help from two mis­cues by Reds in­field­ers. Bobby Par­nell (1-0) got the win, while Nate Ad­cock (0-1) took the loss.

The Los An­ge­les Dodgers blanked the Mi­ami Mar­lins 2-0 as Zack Greinke pitched 7 2/3 in­nings for his first vic­tory since May 5.

Greinke (6-2) al­lowed four hits and held the op­po­si­tion with­out a run for his third start in a row, ex­tend­ing his score­less streak to 20 2/3 in­nings.

Adrian Gon­za­lez had three hits, in­clud­ing an RBI dou­ble. Howie Ken­drick had two hits and drove in a run.

Detroit’s James McCann hit a solo home run in the bot­tom of the ninth in­ning to com­plete a dra­matic come­back as the Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4.

Detroit trailed 4-0 be­fore scor­ing four runs in the eighth off Chicago starter Jeff Sa­mardz­ija. Vic­tor Martinez tied it with a three-run dou­ble.

In Toronto, Josh Don­ald­son hit his 18th home run and pitcher Drew Hutchi­son won his fifth straight de­ci­sion as the Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 3-2.

Don­ald­son got two hits as the Blue Jays sent Texas to its eighth loss in 10 games.

Rougned Odor dou­bled to start the ninth, but Prince Fielder and Adrian Bel­tre flied out be­fore Osuna struck out Mitch More­land on three pitches.

The Bos­ton Red Sox de­feated the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 af­ter David Or­tiz, Pablo San­doval and Ale­jan­dro De Aza home­red to back the pitch­ing of Justin Master­son.

The vic­tory clinched a se­ries win for the last-place Red Sox and stopped Chris Archer’s ca­reerbest six- game win­ning streak. Or­tiz hit a two-run shot off Archer (9-5) in the fourth in­ning, the slug­ger’s 31st ca­reer homer at Trop­i­cana Field — more than any vis­it­ing player.

Braves pitcher Alex Wood did not con­cede a run into the eighth in­ning as At­lanta edged the Pittsburgh Pi­rates 2-1, while Hous­ton rookie Car­los Cor­rea dou­bled twice and scored the tiebreak­ing run on a triple by Evan Gat­tis in the sev­enth in­ning to help the Astros top the New York Yan­kees 3-1.

In other games, Ryan Braun and Adam Lind hit two-run homers in the eighth in­ning as the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers beat the Min­nesota Twins 5-3, the Los An­ge­les An­gels out­lasted the Seat­tle Mariners 3- 2 over 10- in­nings, Washington and Philadelphia split a dou­ble header as the Na­tion­als won 3-2 and the Phillies won 8-5 and the San Fran­cisco Giants downed the Colorado Rock­ies 6-3.

The Bal­ti­more Ori­oles swept a dou­ble­header against the Cleve­land In­di­ans 4-0 and 8-0, the Kansas City Roy­als beat the Oak­land Ath­let­ics 5-3, the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs de­feated the San Diego Padres 6-4 and the St. Louis Car­di­nals were 4-1 win­ners over the Chicago Cubs.


Los An­ge­les Dodgers left fielder An­dre Ethier #16 catches a fly ball hit by Mi­ami Mar­lins’ Dee Gor­don #9 dur­ing the sixth in­ning of a base­ball game in Mi­ami, Sun­day, June 28. The Dodgers won 2-0.

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