(BOSTON) – For the first time since May 8, 2011, Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka won a game. After spending the last 48 games on the disabled list, Matsuzaka pitched seven-innings allowing one run on five hits with a pair of walks while striking out six, as the Sox (62-67) defeated the Kansas City Royals (56-71), 5-1.
“He threw the ball well,” Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said of Dice-K. “Everything was real sharp and he had great command.”
Matsuzaka missed most of the 2011 season after having Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He went on to miss 58 games this season while recuperating from the surgery. He returned in June and made five starts before being sent back to the DL with a upper right trapezius strain.
Matsuzaka let up his lone run in the first, when Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson, who reached on a walk, scored on Alex Gordon’s sacrifice fly.
Dice-K is slated to make his next start Saturday, in Oakland.
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Seth Fiegerman, CNN