D-backs fail to finish off sweep of doubleheader, series
MAY 25, 2014 8:40p ET
NEW YORK (AP) -- When told he was going to start the makeup of Friday's rainout, Daisuke Matsuzaka said he was certain he could go deep into the game, throw maybe 100 pitches even though he's spent this season in the bullpen.
He never mentioned anything about his hitting.
The 33-year-old right-hander had success with both Sunday, pitching six solid innings and helping the offense-starved Mets with an RBI single as New York salvaged a doubleheader split with a 4-2 win over Arizona.
"I'm pretty confident in my hitting, so I just wanted to get a hit and get a run in," the .185 career hitter said through a translator. "I wanted to pitch as deep into the game as I could, and today I was able -- that was the least I could've done."
Bobby Abreu added a run-scoring double in a rare chance to play because Eric Young Jr. was held out with a tight right hamstring. He will be examined by a doctor before the Mets decide if the speedy outfielder needs to go on the disabled list.
Anthony Recker had a career-high four hits, and pinch hitter Ruben Tejada hit a tiebreaking single off Triple-A Reno callup Zeke Spruill (0-1) in the sixth inning for the Mets, who have won just three of 11 games.
"We realize we're not hitting, we're not scoring runs. When you can win a game, when you can get a big hit -- Ruben had a tremendous big hit for us -- it's a lift," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "It's nice to go into the next series with a W."
Murphy added an RBI single in the eighth for New York. Jenrry Mejia pitched the ninth for his third save after getting the loss in the opener. It's the first time the converted starter has pitched twice in a day, and he is finally feeling like a closer.
"Right now I feel pretty good. Let's see how I feel (Monday)," he said. "It's unbelievable."
The 33-year-old Matsuzaka (2-0) made 123 starts and one relief appearance in seven big league seasons before being called up by the Mets in mid-April. The longest of his 14 relief outings this season was 3 2/3 innings and 56 pitches. But on Sunday, he threw 98 pitched and allowed only three hits.
Other than a three-batter sequence in the second when Aaron Hill led off with a single, Martin Prado got a favorable carom for an RBI triple and Cody Ross followed with a run-scoring groundout, Matsuzka was sharp. He struck out six, walked one and hit a batter.
Matsuzaka got a run back for the Mets when he sent a broken-bat flare into left field in the second inning.
"It tells you the kind of heart he's got," Collins said of Matsuzaka. "He knows we needed help."
After Lucas Duda and Chris Young each stranded six runners and grounded into a combined three double plays in the first game, Collins mixed up a lineup that was 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position in the opener.
The 40-year-old Abreu was making only his sixth start since coming up five weeks ago and he had two hits, driving in the tying run in the fifth with a double off Spruill, the Diamondbacks' 26th man for the twin bill.
Tejada hit for Matsuzaka in the bottom of the sixth and had an RBI single.
Spruill gave up 10 hits and three runs in 5 1/3 innings.
"He did well for us. ... He gave us a chance to win," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "But we could mount no offense at all."