CHICAGO – Tsuyoshi Wada earned his first big league win, pitching seven strong innings Monday night as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-1.
Anthony Rizzo drove in two runs to back Wada (1-1).
In only his third career start in the majors, Wada cut through the Colorado lineup, allowing one run and five hits. It was a far cry from his last outing, when he lasted four innings and gave up five runs in a loss to San Diego.
The sole blemish on Wada’s performance came in the sixth when the Rockies got three hits, capped by Nolan Arenado’s RBI single.
The 33-year-old Wada won 107 games over nine seasons in Japan.
Pedro Strop worked out of a jam in the eighth inning and Hector Rondon worked a perfect ninth for his 13th save in 16 chances.
Yohan Flande (0-3) struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings. Those were his career bests in his fifth start.
The Cubs put together two runs in the fourth. Emilio Bonifacio led off with a single and Arismendy Alcantara doubled, setting up Rizzo’s RBI grounder and Justin Ruggiano’s sacrifice fly.
Chicago added two more runs in the eighth against Nick Masset. John Baker scored on an errant pickoff throw and Rizzo singled for his 58th RBI this season.
BRAVES 2, PADRES 0: In Atlanta, Ervin Santana threw eight scoreless innings and Evan Gattis homered for the first time in more than a month for Atlanta.
METS 7, PHILLIES 1: In New York, Travis d’Arnaud went 3 for 4 with a three-run homer to lead New York, and Bartolo Colon made his second straight strong start.
MARLINS 7, NATIONALS 6: In Miami, Jeff Baker hit a two-out RBI single to cap a four-run rally in the ninth inning by Miami, which extended its winning streak to five games. Miami trailed 6-1 in the seventh.
BLUE JAYS 14, RED SOX 1: In Boston, Melky Cabrera homered from both sides of the plate and drove in five runs and R.A. Dickey pitched three-hit ball for seven innings as Toronto won for the sixth time in seven games while Boston lost one day after stopping a five-game slide.
RANGERS 4, YANKEES 2: In Arlington, Texas, Yu Darvish struck out eight in seven innings for his 10th victory and J.P. Arencibia had a tiebreaking two-run single for Texas.
Brett Gardner homered twice and Derek Jeter had three hits – to pass Carl Yastrzemski on the hits list – off the All-Star right-hander.
HOUSTON 7, OAKLAND 3: In Houston, Chris Carter, Jason Castro, Marc Krauss and Matt Dominguez each hit a home run as Houston snapped a five-game skid.
Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer (3-7) won for the first time since May 30.
RAYS 2, BREWERS 1: In St. Petersburg, Florida, Jake Odorizzi allowed one run and three hits in seven innings to his third consecutive start and got support from James Loney, who had two RBI, to lead Tampa Bay.
Kevin Kiermaier, a Bishop Luers product, went 1 for 3 for the Rays.