Baseball: Tigers hand Marines pitching sensation Sasaki 1st loss


Hiroto Saiki threw a complete-game shutout as the Hanshin Tigers beat the Lotte Marines 2-0 Sunday, handing pitching sensation Roki Sasaki his first loss of the season.

Yusuke Oyama ended Sasaki’s no-hit bid with a sixth-inning RBI single, and Ryutaro Umeno homered in the seventh off reliever Akira Yagi at Koshien Stadium.

Oyama’s one-out single to right with a runner on third was the only hit Sasaki (4-1) gave up in the interleague game. The 21-year-old right-hander struck out 10 but struggled with his command, walking four and hitting a batter in six innings of work.

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