WASHINGTON – Japanese right-hander Kenshin Kawakami lost his fifth straight start as the Atlanta Braves fell to the Washington Nationals 6-3 on Tuesday.
Kawakami (0-5) was charged with three runs and seven hits in five innings while striking out one and walking none at Nationals Park.
He gave up a pair of solo home runs in his 79-pitch outing and was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the top of the sixth with the Nationals leading 3-2.
“I allowed a tiebreaking run (on a fifth-inning homer by Ian Desmond) when our team was about to take control of the game,” Kawakami said. “Looking at the way I’ve pitched so far this season, I know it’s hard to get a win. Obviously, I’m not doing well enough.”
In other action, Ichiro Suzuki had two singles in four at-bats in the Seattle Mariners’ 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Hideki Matsui went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in a 5-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox.
Matsui remained within one RBI of his combined 1,500th in the major leagues and Japanese baseball.