KOBE, Japan - Former Major Leaguers Bryan Bullington and Randy Messenger dueled to combined complete game four-hitter Tuesday at Koshien Stadium with Hanshin edging Hiroshima 1-0 on a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Bullington, a 1999 graduate of Madison, allowed only two baserunners through eight innings for the Hiroshima Carp. Unfortunately for him, one of the two was a two-out, solo home run by Hanshin right fielder Kosuke Fukedome that proved to be the game winner in what was a quick, two-hour pitchers' duel before 46,027.

Bullington struck out eight and walked none on 90 pitches while Messenger, a former Major Leaguer with Florida, San Francisco and Seattle, struck out 12 and walked three while allowing just five baserunners on 119 pitches.

In addition to the home run, Bullington allowed a two-out double by Tigers shortstop Takashi Toritani in the bottom of the seventh. Messenger gave up a single to Carp right fielder Ryuhei Matsuyama in the fifth and a single to Bullington in the sixth.

The loss ends a three-game win streak for Bullington, now 3-3, 2.56 ERA.

The Carp (18-8) are currently tied for the best record in the Nippon Professional Baseball league with Orix of the Pacific League. Hiroshima leads the Central League over Hanshin (18-10), Yomiuri (16-10), Chunichi (12-15), Yakult (8-18) and Yokohama (7-18).