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Funky play, Nishi propel Buffaloes
The Daily Yomiuri
A sacrifice bunt turned into a run-scoring play, and Orix right-hander Yuki Nishi turned in seven innings of one-hit pitching as the Buffaloes downed the Saitama Seibu Lions 5-3 on Sunday at Kyocera Dome Osaka.
Nishi (2-0) and Seibu's Masamitsu Hirano were locked in a pitching duel through five innings, but the Buffaloes scrambled to score the game's first run in the sixth.
No. 5 batter Hirotoshi Kitagawa opted to bunt with no outs and runners on first and second, and Hirano and catcher Ginjiro Sumitani went after the ball. Hirano fielded it and made the throw to first for the …