Friday June 19, 2009
BOSTON (AP) -- Nate McLouth homered on the game's first pitch and Kenshin Kawakami beat more-heralded countryman Daisuke Matsuzaka as
the Atlanta Braves topped the Boston Red Sox 8-2 Friday night.
Kawakami (4-6) allowed two hits and two runs in six innings in his first start against Boston since signing a $23 million, three-year contract in January after 11 seasons in Japan. Matsuzaka (1-5) cost the Red Sox a lot more -- $103 million over six years, including a $51 million fee for the right to negotiate with him -- but failed to reach the sixth inning for the sixth time
in his last eight starts in his third year with the team.
Garret Anderson went 3 for 3 with four RBIs as the Braves finally gave Kawakami support with seven runs while he was in the game.
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