Matsuzaka limited the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers to one run in six innings and Murphy and Teagarden homered as the Mets snapped a six-game losing streak with a 6-2 win Tuesday at Citi Field.
New York Mets
Murphy, fresh off a trip to the White House to discuss parental rights, opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the third inning against right-hander Marco Estrada.
After Estrada issued three sixth-inning walks, Teagarden deposited an opposite-field grand slam over the right-field wall for a 6-1 lead.
Despite the Mets’ .159 average with the bases loaded this season entering the night, the 30-year-old Teagarden became the third Met with a grand slam this season, joining Ike Davis and Wilmer Flores. The only other Met with a slam in his first career game with the ballclub was Collin Cowgill on Opening Day 2013, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
In the sixth, Matsuzaka was struck on his right backside by a leadoff line drive from Carlos Gomez. Matsuzaka scrambled to retrieve the baseball and threw to first base for the out against the speedy ex-Met. A visit from assistant trainer Brian Chicklo ensued. After warm-up pitches, Matsuzaka’s outing resumed. He completed the inning and then departed with his pitch count at 100.