Tanaka Gets a Save - Rakuten Gets First Pennant

Masahiro Tanaka picked up a save to add to his impressive credentials, pitching the ninth inning to give the Rakuten Eagles a 4-3 win over the Seibu Lions.  He did put the tying and winning runs on second and third with one out, but as he has always done when faced with tough situations he struck out the number 3 and 4 hitters to preserve the victory.  The reports from the Japanese press state this relief appearance ends his streak of 15 straight wins after 15 starts, but myworld doesn’t see that since this game was pitched in relief.  Tanaka is 22-0 with a 1.22 ERA.

Andrew Jones hit a 3-run double in the seventh to drive in the go ahead runs, erasing a 3-1 deficit. 

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