ST. PETERSBERG, FLA. – Baltimore Orioles right-hander Koji Uehara dropped his third straight decision and Atlanta Braves right-hander Kenshin Kawakami lost his fourth consecutive start on Tuesday.
Uehara (2-3) was charged with six runs — three earned — on seven hits in 6-2/3 innings as the Orioles lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 at Tropicana Field. Rays second baseman Akinori Iwamura went 1-for-4 with a bunt single.
The Orioles built a 3-1 lead after five innings, but Uehara allowed Tampa Bay to tie the game in the sixth and gave up a go-ahead double to B.J. Upton before Evan Longoria hit a two-run single off reliever Jamie Walker in the seventh.
“Something is missing — probably my skills,” Uehara said. “Things went wrong after I had runners on.”
He struck out eight and walked one in the sixth start of his rookie season in the major leagues.
At Turner Field, Kawakami (1-4), also a rookie in the majors, allowed two runs and eight hits over five innings in the Braves’ 4-3 loss to the New York Mets.
Kawakami was pulled for pinch-hitter Matt Diaz in the bottom of the fifth with the Mets leading 2-0. He struck out seven and walked three.
“I think I pitched well. I repeatedly worked out of jams,” Kawakami said. “The Mets have a very potent offense. Because of that I was a little too cautious, so my pitch count got high.”
Kawakami started on eight days’ rest after experiencing soreness in his pitching shoulder.
At Yankee Stadium, Boston Red Sox relievers Hideki Okajima and Takashi Saito combined for three scoreless innings in a 7-3 win over the New York Yankees.
Okajima pitched two perfect innings from the seventh in relief of Josh Beckett. Saito worked a 1-2-3 ninth in a non-save situation.
Yankees designated hitter Hideki Matsui had a single in four at-bats.
At Safeco Field, Seattle Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-2 with two walks in a 7-2, 10-inning loss to the Texas Rangers. Mariners catcher Kenji Jojima did not play.
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