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Iguchi has two hits, another scoreless relief by Saito

Kyodo

Chicago White Sox second baseman Tadahito Iguchi went 2-for-4 and scored a run in a 5-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday.

News photoTakashi Saito of the Dodgers gets set to throw a pitch against the Pirates.

Iguchi singled to left off Jeremy Bonderman and scored on a two-run homer by Jim Thome in the third inning before adding another single in the fifth at Comerica Park.

“I hope we’ll have more timely hitting and play small baseball. By doing so, we were able to win last year,” Iguchi said, referring to Monday’s win, in which all five runs were scored on home runs.

Joe Crede broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run homer in the top of the sixth and Paul Konerko added a solo shot in the eighth.

It was the first multihit performance in four games for Iguchi, who struck out swinging in his other two at-bats.

At PNC Park, Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Takashi Saito, who made his major league debut only Sunday, worked 1-1/3 innings of scoreless relief in an 8-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Saito, coming on in the seventh with two outs and runners on first and second, allowed an infield single to Joe Randa to load the bases, but got Jose Castillo to ground into a force out to hold a four-run lead.

Saito then got out of a two-on jam in the eighth to preserve a five-run lead. He allowed three hits and struck out two in his second game.

Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Tomokazu Ohka lost his first decision of the season, giving up four runs on six hits, four walks and a hit batter in four innings of a 6-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinals tied the game 2-2 in the third on a solo homer by Albert Pujols and a Yadier Molina sacrifice fly against Ohka, who allowed a two-run double to Scott Rolen in the next inning for a 4-2 deficit, at Busch Stadium.

“It wasn’t so bad. I think I pitched relatively well when I had runners on,” Ohka said.

Cardinals outfielder So Taguchi was 1-for-4, lining out to shortstop, singling to center and striking out in three at-bats against his countryman Ohka. Taguchi grounded out to shortstop later in the game.