Kawakami outpitches Matsuzaka
Braves top Red Sox 8-2

BOSTON - 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.