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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Greisinger handcuffs Dragons as Marines win interleague opener

Kyodo, Staff report

Seth Greisinger pitched three-hit ball over eight innings, leading the Chiba Lotte Marines to a 3-1 win over the Chunichi Dragons as interleague play got under way on Wednesday.

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Take flight: Swallows outfielder Lastings Milledge rounds third after his two-run home run against the Hawks on Wednesday at Jingu Stadium. KYODO

Greisinger (4-1) struck out eight and walked one and Yasuhiko Yabuta finished things off at Nagoya Dome as Lotte won its fifth in a row and improved to 11-4 with two ties on the road.

Greisinger came within three outs of his first shutout since April 21, 2009, when he did so for the Yomiuri Giants against the Yakult Swallows. Yabuta allowed an RBI grounder to Tony Blanco in the ninth, but got Hirokazu Ibata to fly out to left to end it for his 12th save.

Katsuya Kakunaka hit a two-out, run-scoring single in the first off Kenichi Nakata (3-2), extending his RBI streak to five games. Kazuya Fukuura and Hisao Heiuchi added run-scoring singles in the ninth.

Chunichi had a chance to tie it 1-1 when Yohei Oshima tried scoring from second on Masahiro Araki's one-out single in the sixth, but center fielder Yoshifumi Okada made a pinpoint throw to catcher Tomoya Satozaki for the out at home.

Giants 6, Buffaloes 0

At Tokyo Dome, Yoshinobu Takahashi hit a grand slam to complete a five-run first inning, and Satoshi Fukuda (1-1) picked up the win with three scoreless innings in relief.

Last-place Orix is winless in its last six games, including a tie.

Fighters 3, Tigers 1

At Nishinomiya's Koshien Stadium, Mitsuo Yoshikawa tossed one-run ball over six innings, and Yoshio Itoi led off the game with a homer as Hokkaido Nippon Ham beat Hanshin to snap a three-game skid.

Yoshikawa, who leads the Pacific League with a 1.13 ERA, gave up two hits, struck out six and walked one for the win. Jason Standridge (3-3) was tagged for the loss for Hanshin, which slipped into fourth place in the Central League.

Eagles 1, Carp 0, (11)

At Hiroshima Mazda Stadium, Jose Fernandez delivered a pinch-hit RBI double off closer Dennis Sarfate (0-3) with two outs in the 11th inning, lifting Tohoku Rakuten over Hiroshima and into third place in the PL with its sixth straight win.

Wataru Karashima went 8⅓ scoreless innings in a pitching duel against Bryan Bullington, who pitched nine innings with 10 strikeouts. Jim Heuser (1-0) got his first win in Japan with 1⅔ innings of scoreless relief. Hiroshima was held to just one hit.

Swallows 14, Hawks 3

At Jingu Stadium, Lastings Milledge hit a two-run home run in the first inning and finished with four RBIs on the night as Tokyo Yakult routed the defending Japan Series champions.

The run support came in handy for Swallows starter Masanori Ishikawa (3-4) who allowed three runs on nine hits and struck out two in the victory.

Lions 3, BayStars 1

At Yokohama Stadium, Lions slugger Takeya Nakamura homered for the first time in 125 plate appearances during the second inning and the Lions opened their interleague schedule with a win over the BayStars.



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