Orix hurler Koo Dae Sung carried a one-hit shutout into the ninth inning as the BlueWave shut out the Seibu Lions 2-0 at the Seibu Dome on Monday.
The South Korean lefty walked two and allowed one hit over 8 1/3 innings. He struck out 10 batters en route to his first win of the year.
Orix reliever and 2001 rookie of the year Masanobu Okubo worked the final two-thirds of an inning and earned his second save.
Lions starter Fumiya Nishiguchi limited the BlueWave to two runs on six hits over 8 2/3 innings while fanning 13 in a losing effort.
Fighters 7, Marines 3
At Chiba Marine Stadium, Michihiro Ogasawara swung the big bat for Nippon Ham, going 4-for-5 with a two-run homer in the eighth inning to help the Fighters down Lotte, sending the Marines to their eighth straight loss from the season opener.
Tied 1-1 in the sixth, Nippon Ham scored three runs — including a two-run double by Kuniyuki Kimoto — to take the lead.
With the Fighters up 4-2, Ogasawara belted a two-run homer in a three-run eighth inning to widen the lead.
Nippon ham starter Chris Seelbach allowed two runs on six hits over six innings and picked up his second win in as many appearances.
Hawks 4, Buffaloes 4
At Fukuoka Dome, Hiroki Kokubo’s 200th career dinger in the seventh inning tied the game at 4-4, and both teams failed to score a run the rest of the way as the game ended a draw after 12 innings.
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