Kenta Maeda continued to show good progress in his return from a right triceps strain, but a lack of scoring saw him charged with the loss as the Minnesota Twins fell 3-0 to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.
Having won his first game since coming off the injured list last Friday against the Detroit Tigers, Maeda (1-5) provided the Twins with another solid start against one of MLB's hottest lineups.
He struck out four, while surrendering two runs on five hits and two walks over five innings at Atlanta's Truist Park.
"It was a good lineup, and he pitched well," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli told MLB.com. "I thought he looked good. I thought he did all the things that we always expect out of him. I consider that a very solid start from him."
The result gave the Braves a series sweep and dropped the Twins into a tie with the Cleveland Guardians for first place in the American League Central division.
At Citi Field, Kodai Senga did not factor in the New York Mets' 5-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers after striking out eight over five innings, while giving up two runs on five hits and two walks.