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Baseball: Buffaloes roll as Takeyasu wins 1st career shutout

Daichi Takeyasu throws a two-hitter for his first career shutout as the Orix Buffaloes beat Lotte Marines 6-0 in the Pacific League on Aug. 17, 2019. (Kyodo)

OSAKA (Kyodo) -- Daichi Takeyasu threw a two-hitter for his first career shutout as the Orix Buffaloes beat Lotte Marines 6-0 in the Pacific League on Saturday.

    The 24-year-old right-hander, who was acquired by Orix over the winter as compensation for the Hanshin Tigers signing free agent pitcher Yuki Nishi, struck out five, while walking four. Takeyasu improved to 3-1 in eight games for the last-place Buffaloes.

    "I was about at my limit," he said after an easy 1-2-3 ninth inning to wrap up the win at Kyocera Dome. "A lot of things had to happen to get me this far, and I'd like to be able to win a lot of games going forward for the sake of the people here who have had my back."

    Stefen Romero went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI doubles as he extended his hitting streak to 11 games. He opened the scoring in the first inning off Lotte starter Kota Futaki (6-9) by doubling home leadoff man Shuhei Fukuda with two outs.

    "I just wanted to get on the board early. The way Daichi was pitching was incredible," Romero said. "He just needed the one run to get the win, but fortunately we got more than that. I feel really good when the team's winning and doing its best. Fortunately, I keep hitting them in the right spots."

    Futaki allowed five runs over five innings.

    Elsewhere in the PL, the Nippon Ham Fighters snapped their nine-game losing streak, beating the Rakuten Eagles 6-1 behind seven innings from Kohei Arihara (12-6) at Sapporo Dome.

    At Yafuoku Dome, the Seibu Lions hammered Kodai Senga (11-5) for nine runs in the second inning in a 13-8 win over the SoftBank Hawks.

    In the Central League, Hanshin's Nishi (5-8) allowed a run over six innings on a first-inning home run to Hayato Sakamoto, and the Yomiuri Giants scored three more against the Tigers bullpen in a 4-2 win at Tokyo Dome.

    At Jingu Stadium, 19-year-old Yakult rookie Munetaka Murakami raised his season home run total to 28 with two solo shots in the Swallows' 7-5 win over the Chunichi Dragons.

    At Yokohama Stadium, lefty Kenta Ishida (3-0) worked six scoreless innings, while Yoshitomo Tsutsugo hit two home runs and drove in three as the DeNA BayStars beat the Hiroshima Carp 8-3.

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