Baseball: Sasaki wins marquee clash as Marines pursue Buffaloes

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Roki Sasaki struck out eight over six scoreless innings to outpitch fellow rookie Hiroya Miyagi and lead the Lotte Marines to a crucial 6-1 win over the Pacific League-leading Orix Buffaloes on Thursday. The win at Orix's Kyocera Dome Osaka moved second-place Lotte to within a half-game of the Buffaloes. Sasaki (3-2) took the mound in the bottom of the first with a three-run lead after Brandon Laird drove in the first run of the game for the third straight night. The Marines batters were able to get a lot of good swings against Miyagi (12-4), who surrendered a one-out first-inning single and a...

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