HIROSHIMA, Japan - Madison's Bryan Bullington has won Nippon Professional Baseball's most valuable pitcher award for September in the Central League.

Bullington, a 1999 Madison graduate in his third season of Japanese baseball with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, earned the award after going 4-0 in four starts in September with a league-leading 1.00 ERA in 27 innings. Bullington struck out 19 and allowed just three earned runs while helping pitch the Carp to their first Climax Series appearance in 23 seasons.

The 4-0 September was just part of an overall 7-0 win streak by Bullington since his last loss on July 30. He is now 11-9 in 28 starts with a 3.23 ERA over 172.2 innings pitched in 2013.

Bullington, who previously won the award - the Nihon Seimei - in April 2011, is the first foreign player in Carp history to win multiple times.

He joins Terry Bross (April 1995, September 1995), Seth Greisinger (June 2007, July 2008), and Jason Standridge (June 2011, July 2011) as the only players in league history to win the award multiple times.

Meanwhile, Bullington's victory on Sept. 19 against Hanshin was the 30th of his Japanese baseball career, setting a Hiroshima franchise record for wins by a foreign pitcher The previous record of 29 was held by Nathan Minchey (1998-2000).

In recognition of the record, Bullington was given his own plaque at Hiroshima's Mazda Stadium.