Derrick May went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and three RBIs as the Chiba Lotte Marines pounded the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes 11-3 Monday night at Chiba Marine Stadium.
Lotte starter Shingo Ono (1-1) earned the win after allowing one run on five hits and five walks in six innings.
The Buffaloes struck first, putting runners on first and second before Ono loaded the bases by walking Kintetsu third baseman Norihiro Nakamura. Koichi Isobe’s sacrifice fly allowed Eiji Mizuguchi to score from third.
May drove in the Marines’ first run with a single in the first inning to tie the game and Rick Short sent the go-ahead run across the plate with a single to right field in the third inning.
The Marines took a 4-1 lead in the fourth on back-to-back RBI doubles from Jun Inoue and Kazuya Fukuura.
Kintetsu starter Kevin Beirne (1-1) suffered the loss after giving up four runs on eight hits and four walks in five innings.
The Buffaloes bullpen didn’t fare much better as the Marines sent 11 batters to the plate in a six-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth.
May rounded out the scoring for the Marines in the seventh with his second homer of the season.
Yosuke Takasu drove in two runs for the Buffaloes with a double in the ninth inning.
Buffs add right-hander
OSAKA (Kyodo) The Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes have acquired right-hander Brian Mallette of the Los Angeles Dodgers Triple-A affiliate, officials of the Pacific League club said Monday.
The 28-year-old Mallette also played with Triple-A Indianapolis most of last season, compiling 25 saves with a 3-2 record in his 45 games as a closer.
Mallette, who is expected to arrive in Japan in mid-April, played in five games in the major leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers before being traded to the Dodgers last October with an inflated 10.80 ERA.
Mallette is the team’s third foreign pitcher after Jeremy Powell and Kevin Beirne.
The Buffaloes acquired Mallette mainly as a replacement for closer Akinori Otsuka, who notched 120 saves with a 13-20 record in six years with Kintetsu, before moving to the Chunichi Dragons in the spring.
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