NAGOYA, Japan - Madison's Bryan Bullington returned in his normal form in his first start of the 2014 Nippon Professional Baseball season, a 6-0 Hiroshima loss to the Chunichi Dragons at the Nagoya Dome.

Bullington, who had given up 17 runs - 14 earned - in his final two exhibition game starts with the Hiroshima Carp, scattered three runs - all earned - on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings while walking two and striking out seven.

The 1999 Madison graduate pitched out of a leadoff single in the first, back-to-back singles to leadoff the third and a walk, another leadoff single in the fourth, a one-out double in the fifth, a leadoff single in the sixth and before being chased by a single, walk, double and hit batter in the seventh.

Bullington (0-1, 4.05 ERA) threw 96 pitches in the outing.

Chunichi's Daniel Cabrera, a former Major Leaguer with Baltimore, Washington and Arizona, struck out seven and walked one while tossing a three-hitter over seven innings and the Dragon's bullpen worked two innings of no-hit relief to complete the shutout of Hiroshima (2-1).