ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -Daisuke Matsuzaka left Friday night's game against the Texas Rangers after five innings because of a case of nausea.
Matsuzaka gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings, but left the game with a 6-5 lead. He struck out six and walked three.
The Japanese sensation entered the game with a 6-2 record and a 4.06 ERA. He was looking to join Los Angeles' John Lackey, Atlanta's John Smoltz and teammate Josh Beckett as baseball's only seven-game winners.
Matsuzaka has won his last three starts and five consecutive decisions over six starts. Over his past 24 innings he has a 1.87 ERA.
After Matsuzaka struck out Texas' Michael Young to end the third, he was seen in the dugout holding his stomach.
Kyle Snyder relieved Matsuzaka to start the sixth inning.
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