Yu Darvish picked up his first career win in his first professional start Wednesday as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters downed the Hiroshima Carp 8-2 in interleague play.
Darvish, who struck out three and gave up two runs on nine hits, held the Carp scoreless over eight innings before giving up solo homers to Takahiro Arai and Kenjiro Nomura in the top of the ninth inning at Sapporo Dome. Yoshitaka Hashimoto came on in the ninth to get the final three outs.
Darvish, whose father is Iranian and mother Japanese, tossed a no-hitter for Tohoku High School in the high school baseball championship last March. In December, he signed a $145,000 contract with the Fighters.
The 194-cm right-hander pitched out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning.
Shinji Takahashi hit a three-run homer in the second inning and Michihiro Ogasawara added a two-run shot in the third to lead the Nippon Ham attack.
Darvish, an 18-year-old top draft of the Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan’s Pacific League, was punished by the Fighters earlier this season after the rookie was caught smoking underage while taking part in the team’s minor league camp.
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