Baseball: Senga shuts down Rockies for 4th win

Right-hander Kodai Senga worked six scoreless innings Friday to earn his fourth MLB win in the New York Mets' 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Senga (4-1), who joined the Mets this season from the SoftBank Hawks of Japan's Pacific League, allowed two hits while walking four and striking out four at New York's Citi Field.

"I went to the mound absolutely wanting to win this one, and I think that was the best thing today," Senga said. "I had good velocity, but as usual I walked a lot of batters, and I need to address that."

He outdueled Rockies right-hander Antonio Senzatela (0-1), who allowed the game's only run in the fourth inning on Brandon Nimmo's third home run.

In Philadelphia, Masataka Yoshida extended MLB's current longest hitting streak to 15 games with one single in four at-bats for the Boston Red Sox, who beat the Phillies 5-3.

The game marked Yoshida's first against a player he had long admired, Phillies star Bryce Harper, whose first home at-bat of the year was greeted with a standing ovation at Citizens Bank Park.

"I felt like I'd finally arrived," said Yoshida. "The cheers for Harper's comeback (from injury) were so amazing, I almost felt swallowed up in that atmosphere."

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