WASHINGTON (AP) — For five innings of his first career start, Blake Treinen's arm kept him in a pitcher's duel with Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw.
In the sixth, his glove let him down.
Treinen's failure to field a comebacker sparked a three-run sixth inning and the Washington Nationals went on to allow five more runs in an 8-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"I feel like I made pitches when I needed to and had some good defense behind me," said Treinen (0-1), who bobbled Kershaw's chopper and then was chased by three consecutive singles.
He allowed three unearned runs in five-plus innings.
Kershaw (2-0) pitched seven shutout innings in his first outing since opening day, and Hanley Ramirez and Drew Butera homered off the Nationals' bullpen.
"If I field that ball to start the sixth there, it might be a totally different ballgame," said Treinen, who allowed seven hits and no walks, while striking out two.
Manager Matt Williams said Treinen will be sent back to Triple-A Syracuse, with a roster move to be announced on Wednesday.
"It's been kind of a hit and miss with him because of some need up here and some decisions we had to make," Williams said of Treinen, who made three relief appearances for the Nationals in April. "So it would be nice to get him on a normal rotation so he can just take it from here, from this start, and move forward."
Jayson Werth had four hits for the Nationals, who scored their three runs off Dodgers reliever Chris Perez in the eighth.
Coming off a pair of minor league rehabilitation starts, Kershaw threw 89 pitches and worked out of a pair of jams.
Anthony Rendon and Werth singled to start the fourth, but Adam LaRoche popped out and Kershaw struck out Scott Hairston and Ian Desmond.
In the sixth, Rendon led off with a single, but Kershaw picked him off. Werth and LaRoche followed with singles before Kershaw again fanned Hairston and Desmond.
"He was nasty," Nationals Catcher Jose Lobaton said of Kershaw. "He was right in the zone. He was throwing strikes, aggressive, big curveball. There's nothing bad that I can say about him."
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