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Yuki Ariyoshi, Ikuhiro Kiyota lift Marines to victory over Dragons

Kyodo

Yuki Ariyoshi worked into the eighth inning, and Ikuhiro Kiyota homered as the Chiba Lotte Marines beat the Chunichi Dragons 1-0 in interleague play on Wednesday.

Ariyoshi (1-1) allowed just five runners to reach in his 7⅓ innings. The second-year pitcher gave up three hits and a walk, while hitting a batter and striking out four en route to his first career win as a starter. The win was the Pacific League club’s fourth straight.

“I’m really grateful to the pitchers who followed me, (Takahiro) Matsunaga and (closer Tatsuya) Uchi and to catcher (Tatsuhiro) Tamura for calling such a great game. I’m very happy to have been able to manage things from the get-go and give us a chance to win,” said Ariyoshi, who put himself in a fourth-inning jam when he hit a batter following a one-out walk.

“I’ve thought that as long as I could get one out after another, the results would come. I was able to do that tonight.”

“(In the fourth inning) I was trying to throw something to get a double play and that worked out great. I want to finish a game, still, but right now I’m just going to focus on one inning at a time. I’m pretty happy that I managed to avoid blowing our winning streak.”

Dragons lefty Shinnosuke Ogasawara (1-5) gave up a run over seven innings, but needed help from his opponents to do so. Ogasawara gave up six hits and walked four, but three Lotte runners were thrown out on the bases.

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At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Takayoshi Noma’s one-out, ninth-inning single through Hokkaido Nippon Ham’s drawn-in infield plated two runs as Central League-leading Hiroshima came from behind for a walk-off win.

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At Tokyo Dome, Nobutaka Imamura (1-0) allowed four hits over six scoreless innings for his first win in two years after Alex Guerrero hit a two-run, first-inning home run in Yomiuri’s win over the PL’s last-place club.

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