Former major leaguer Mac Suzuki gave up six hits and struck out five over seven innings to win his first decision in Japan as the Orix BlueWave blanked the Kintetsu Buffaloes 4-0 on Tuesday at Osaka Dome.
Suzuki, who posted a 16-31 record in the majors, used 150-kph fastball effectively to keep the Buffs at bay. Suzuki was a No. 2 draft pick last fall and is playing his first season as a pro in his native country.
The BlueWave scored two runs in the sixth inning on Buffaloes starter Shinichi Kato’s throwing error. With none out and the bases loaded, Kato picked up a grounder by Scott Sheldon, but threw wildly to the plate, allowing two runs to score.
During the play, Orix baserunner Roosevelt Brown slammed into Kato on a play the plate, causing a bench-clearing brawl. Kato and Brown were both ejected from the game.
Tasuya Shindo drilled a two-run home run to cap the scoring for the ‘Wave after the brawl.
Hawks 8, Lions 2
Daiei rookie pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada allowed seven hits and fanned eight over the distance and Pedro Valdes blasted a three-run homer in the fourth inning, pacing the Hawks over Seibu at Seibu Dome.
With the victory, the Hawks regained first place in the Pacific League.
Marines 2, Fighters 1
Koichi Hori singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving Lotte a “sayonara” win over Nippon Ham at Chiba Marine Stadium.
The Marines extended their winning streak to six and improved their record to 28-28.
Tigers 7, Dragons 4
Hiroshi Yagi drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded grounder while Osamu Hamanaka and Kentaro Sekimoto hit back-to-back RBI singles in the seventh inning as Hanshin rallied from a 4-2 deficit to beat Chunichi at Fukui Stadium.
Hanshin starter Kei Igawa (8-3) surrendered eight hits while striking out six in seven innings to win his sixth straight decision.
Carp 5, BayStars 4
Takahiro Arai singled home the “sayonara” run in the bottom of the ninth inning as Hiroshima ended a three-game losing skid.
It was the Carp’s sixth “sayonara” victory this season.
Giants 9, Swallows 6
At Tokyo Dome, Tomohiro Nioka hit a three-run clout and Yoshinobu Takahashi drilled a solo homer in a five-run second inning as Yomiuri overpowered Yakult and won its third consecutive game for the first time in a month.
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