Kawakami shines in Braves debut

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Saturday April 11, 2009

ATLANTA (AP) -- Kenshin Kawakami pitched six effective innings to win his major league debut, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 5-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday night.

Kawakami allowed three runs and four hits, walked four and struck out eight. The 33-year-old right-hander is the first Japanese-born player in franchise history.

Kelly Johnson went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs one night after he had the game-winning hit in the 10th inning of a 6-5 win over the Nationals. Chipper Jones and Yunel Escobar had run-scoring singles for Atlanta.

Ryan Zimmerman had a two-run homer for the Nationals, who dropped to 0-5.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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