Tue, May 13, 2003 - Page 19 News List

Seibu Lions chew on Lotte Marines as Buffaloes win

AP , TOKYO

Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed a one-hitter and struck out 11 over the distance Sunday as the Seibu Lions blanked the Lotte Marines 4-0 at Chiba Marine Stadium.

The only hit off Matsuzaka, who improved to 5-1, was a double by Takashi Tachikawa in the seventh inning. Matsuzaka leads the Pacific League with a sterling 1.19 earned run average.

In Osaka, Hirotoshi Kitagawa, Eiji Mizuguchi and Tuffy Rhodes all homered in the sixth inning off South Korean pitcher Koo Dae-sung to lead the Kintetsu Buffaloes to a 7-2 victory over the Orix BlueWave.

Hiroshi Narahara and Michihiro Ogasawara keyed a four-run second inning with back-to-back RBI singles as the Nippon Ham Fighters defeated the Daiei Hawks 5-1. Masaru Yoshizaki picked up the win after giving up one run over seven innings for the Fighters, who improved to 14-18.

In the Central League, Trey Moore, formerly of the Atlanta Braves, allowed just one run over six innings as the league-leading Hanshin Tigers trounced the Yokohama BayStars 12-1. Moore improved to a league-best 6-0.

Osamu Hamanaka went 3-for-4 and drove in six runs -- including two homers -- to lead the Hanshin attack.

At Tokyo Dome, Kazuyoshi Tatsunami drove in the tying run with a single that bounced off the glove of reliever Hideki Okajima, and Tadaharu Sakai laid down ae bunt in the eighthto drive in the winning run from third as the Chunichi Dragons edged the Yomiuri Giants 6-5.

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