Baseball / Japanese Baseball

Marines' Atsuki Taneichi stops Fighters' win streak

Kyodo

Atsuki Taneichi allowed two runs over five innings as the Chiba Lotte Marines scored seven first-inning runs in a 9-4 Pacific League win over the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters on Sunday.

The Fighters’ loss was their first since the all-star break and snapped a five-game winning streak.

Taneichi (5-1), who suffered his only loss this season to the Fighters, struck out eight, while walking three, hitting a batter and surrendering four hits.

The Marines tattooed the Fighters’ “short starter” Mizuki Hori (3-2) in the first inning, capping the rally with No. 9 hitter Kazuma Mike’s first career home run, a three-run shot. Hori left after allowing eight runs in 3-1/3 innings.

When starting this season, Hori has typically been asked to only go through the opposing batting order once, but with the game already out of hand, he was left in and pitched credibly well after the first.

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