CHIBA – Former Los Angeles Dodger Mike Bolsinger allowed just a run en route to winning his 10th straight start as the Chiba Lotte Marines trounced the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 9-1 on Saturday.
Bolsinger (11-1) gave up three hits and a walk over 5-2/3 innings, when he was pulled with no one on after just 84 pitches with mild cramping in his legs.
The 30-year-old right-hander struck out four at Zozo Marine Stadium as he lowered his ERA to 2.16 for the Marines, who started the day in a three-way tie for third place.
“It was a fun one. It’s amazing to watch these guys hit. They make baseball a lot of fun,” Bolsinger said of his teammates, while crediting fellow hurler Hideaki Wakui for opening the series on Friday with an impressive outing.
“Keeping the ball down was the game plan. I watched Wakui and tried to mirror what he did. These guys make it very easy for me to go out and pitch.”
Katsuya Kakunaka’s first-inning RBI single broke the ice against Nippon Ham starter Hirotoshi Takanashi (5-5) after a runner reached on a one-out error and a Shogo Nakamura single. Nakamura came home on a groundout.
Oswaldo Arcia halved the hosts’ lead by leading off the fifth with a home run. It was the eighth of the season for the former San Diego Padre and his second in two games. Bolsinger then faced his only real scrape of the game, but escaped it with an inning-ending double play.
Lotte put the game out of reach in the home half of the inning. Rookie Yudai Fujioka and Nakamura opened with singles. Kakunaka singled in one run, and Seiya Inoue belted his 14th home run, a three-run shot. Taiga Hirasawa capped the outburst with a two-run blast.
Takanashi was charged with eight runs — four earned — over five innings. He allowed 10 hits and two walks, while hitting one batter and striking out two.
Lions 3, Eagles 2
At Sendai’s Rakuten Seimei Park, Shinsaburo Tawata (9-3) allowed two runs over seven innings, Hotaka Yamakawa belted two solo home runs and Takumi Kuriyama broke a 2-2 tie with an eighth-inning solo shot as Seibu edged last-place Tohoku Rakuten.
Hawks at Buffaloes — ppd.
Dragons 3, Swallows 0
At Nagoya Dome, lefty Onelki Garcia (9-4) outdueled Yasuhiro Ogawa (4-3) over seven innings, and Masanobu Fukuda broke a scoreless seventh-inning tie with an RBI single as Chunichi blanked Tokyo Yakult.
Carp 5, Giants 2
At Tokyo Dome, five solo home runs from four different Hiroshima players backed Yusuke Nomura (4-2), who threw seven scoreless innings to earn the victory over Yomiuri.
BayStars at Tigers — ppd.
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