Samurai Japan strikes down MLB Stars with no-hitter

Takahiro Norimoto pitches scoreless over five innings on Saturday at Tokyo Dome.

Tohoku Rakuten ace Takahiro Norimoto was perfect over five innings, and three relievers followed with four hitless frames as Samurai Japan posted its first no-hitter in the long history of the US-Japan Series with a 4-0 shutout on Saturday night at Tokyo Dome.

The Orix Buffaloes' Yuki Nishi, Kazuhisa Makita of the Saitama Seibu Lions and the Chiba Lotte Marines' Yuji Nishino closed out the historic Game 3 effort for Japan as it clinched a victory in the five-game series against the major league All-Stars by winning its third consecutive game.

It's the host team's first series victory in 24 years.

Hayato Sakamoto of the Yomiuri Giants and Sho Nakata of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters each socked two-run home runs so supply the pop as Samurai Japan was in control from start to finish. Game 4 is Sunday at Tokyo Dome and the finale is Tuesday at Sapporo Dome.

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