TOKYO (AP) _ Ryoji Moriayama pitched a sparkling two-hitter Wednesday as the Seibu Lions blanked the Chunichi Dragons 6-0 and took a commanding 3-1 lead in the Japan World Series.
The defending champion Lions need one more victory to win the best-of-seven championship series.
The 25-year-old Moriyama, who ended the regular season with a 10-9 record and a 3.46 earned-run average, allowed a single in the second inning and a double in the fourth, but shut out the Central League-champion Dragons the rest of the way. He struck out seven.
The Pacific League-champion Lions collected eight hits including a two-run homer by Kazuhiro Kiyohara and solo home runs by Koji Akiyama and Hatsuhiko Tsuji.
The fifth game will be Thursday.
SINGAPORE (AP) - Top-seeded Steve Guy of New Zealand, the defending champion, defeated unseeded Anand Amritraj of India 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 in the first round of the $25,000 Singapore Open tennis championship Wednesday.
In other first-round matches, seventh-seeded Tim Pawsat of the United States beat Ryuso Tsujino of Japan 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 7-4; Indonesia’s Tintus Wibowo downed American John Sobel 7-5, 3-6, 6-1; Migyel Dungo of the United States ousted Jason Goodall of Britain 6-4, 7-6, 7-5; and fifth-seeded Paul Chamberlin of the United States eliminated Harald Ritersbacher of West Germany 6-4, 6-1.
Also, Peter Carter of Australia upended American Mark Bashan of the United States 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 7-5; No. 8 Steve Devrives topped Brad Pearce 6-4, 6-4 in an all-American match; and Malcolm Allen of the United States turned back countryman Scott Brown 6-0, 7-5.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Defending champion Brazil romped to a 5-0 victory over host Australia Wednesday night in quarterfinal round-robin play in the World Indoor Soccer Championships.
Brazil, which crushed Argentina 10-2 in its opening quarterfinal match Tuesday, clinched a semifinal berth by outclassing the Australians.
Paraguay joined Brazil in the semifinals with an 8-3 win over Argentina in its second quarterfinal match.
Argentina and Australia both have been eliminated from semifinal contention.
In other round-robin quarterfinal matches played Wednesday, Uruguay drew with Czechoslovakia and 2-2 Spain and Portugal played a 1-1 tie.
Uruguay must win its remaining match against Spain on Thursday night to have any chance of making the semifinals.
Spain has one win and a draw from its opening two quarterfinal matches, while Uruguay and Portugal have drawn both their two quarterfinal matches in the 16-nation tournament. Czechoslovakia has a draw and a loss.
Further round-robin games are scheduled Thursday with the top two teams in each group contesting the semifinals on Saturday.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - Danish boxer Lars Lund will meet Piero Morello of Italy, the European junior lightweight champion, Friday night after the official challenger, Racheed Lawal, came down with the flu Wednesday.
The 24-year-old Lund has been the sparring partner of Denmark’s Gert Bo Jacobsen, who will meet International Boxing Federation world lightweight champion Greg Haugen of Seattle.
The Jacobsen-Haugen match is the main event in a four-match pro boxing card. Jacobsen is a former European lightweight champion.
The 28-year-old Haugen wrested the IBF title from Jimmy Paul in 1986, lost it to Vinny Pazienza last year and regained it in a return match. The American has a pro record of 22 wins, one loss and one no contest in 24 fights. Jacobsen has 24 victories in 26 bouts.