Baseball: Japan ace Yamamoto pitches Buffaloes past Marines

Baseball: Japan ace Yamamoto pitches Buffaloes past Marines.

Baseball, Japan, Yamamoto pitches

OSAKA (Kyodo) -- Yoshinobu Yamamoto survived a series of scrapes to go eight innings and earn the win as the Orix Buffaloes beat the Lotte Marines 1-0 in the Pacific League on Saturday.

The ace of Japans gold medal-winning Tokyo Olympic team, Yamamoto (4-2) allowed five hits and three walks while striking out nine as he protected the Buffaloes first-inning lead at Kyocera Dome Osaka.

In his first outing since being shelled for seven runs on May 3 and being deactivated, Yamamoto served up some pitches that the Marines put good swings on, only to be denied by Yuma Mune, last years PL Golden Glove winner at third.

"I was in a lot of tough spots but the guys did a great job on the fielding side and that led to the victory," said Yamamoto, who got a big double play to end the eighth with the tying run on third base.

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