South Korean lefty Koo Dae Sung combined with Jun Hagiwara on an eight-hit shutout as Orix BlueWave manager Leon Lee celebrated his first win as skipper with a 6-0 victory over the Kintetsu Buffaloes at Yahoo BB Stadium on Monday.
Lee replaced Hiromichi Ishige as the new manager last week.
Koo (1-2) gave up five hits and walked four while striking out nine batters over seven innings in his first start of the season in his fourth appearance.
He pitched out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam in the seventh by striking out Kintetsu slugger Tuffy Rhodes to post his first win since last July.
Leading the Buffaloes 2-0 in the sixth, the BlueWave added three runs on three consecutive RBI singles by Daisuke Shioya, Takeshi Hidaka and Koichi Oshima before Yoshitomo Tani wrapped up the scoring with an RBI double.
Fighters 8, Marines 2
Nippon Ham first baseman Michihiro Ogasawara homered in back-to-back at-bats and drove home five runs to help the Fighters beat Lotte at Tokyo Dome.
Lefty Masaru Yoshizaki (3-1) scattered four hits over 8 1/3 solid innings, walking just one batter for the win.
With the win, Nippon Ham claimed a share of third place with Lotte.
The Fighters tied the game in the bottom of the first with Ogasawara’s RBI single, and took the lead in the second with Shinji Takahashi’s solo homer.
In the third inning, Ogasawara nailed a two-run blast and Angel Echevarria followed with a solo home run — his eighth roundtripper of the year. Ogasawara homered again in a three-run fourth, whacking a two-run dinger for his fifth home run of the season.
Lotte first baseman Kazuya Fukuura drove home both runs for the Marines with a first-inning RBI double and a solo homer off Yoshizaki in the sixth.
Lotte starter Nathan Minchey (2-3) was rocked for eight runs on 11 hits over four innings in taking the loss.
Lions 4, Hawks 1
Taiwanese right-hander Chang Chih-chia (1-1) tossed three-hit ball over six innings for the win and three relievers held Daiei scoreless the rest of the way as Seibu downed the Hawks at Seibu Dome, putting a halt to Daiei’s winning streak at four.
Chang walked three and struck out seven batters on 109 pitches.
Tied 0-0 in the second with one out, Hiroyuki Takagi doubled home a run from first. After two outs with a runner on second, Tatsuya Ozeki added a run with an RBI single.
Up 2-1 in the seventh, Lions shortstop Kazuo Matsui connected for a two-run homer off Hawks lefty Toshiya Sugiuchi.
Sugiuchi (2-3) was tagged with the loss, allowing four runs on 10 hits over 6 1/3 innings.
Mac in top team
KOBE (Kyodo) Orix BlueWave right-hander Mac Suzuki, formerly of the Kansas City Royals, on Monday was named to the active roster of the top team for the first time since signing with the club in his hometown and starting off the season in the minor leagues.
Suzuki, who played for five major league teams before being selected by Orix in the second round of the November draft, was informed of his promotion a day earlier after compiling a 5.28 ERA with no wins and three losses in as many starts for Surpass Kobe.
Orix manager Leon Lee said he would most likely use Suzuki as a reliever for the time being.
Suzuki was initially appointed starter for the March 31 home opener but was dropped from the final roster of the Orix BlueWave, currently bottom of the Pacific League standings with a 8-14-1 record, following a string of shaky preseason outings.
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