SENDAI – Masahiro Tanaka pitched a two-hitter for his third shutout of the season, leading the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to a 2-0 win over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows on Wednesday.
Tanaka (6-0) won a pitching duel with fellow young right-hander Yoshinori Sato (2-3), striking out nine and walking one in interleague play at Kleenex Stadium.
Masato Nakamura broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning with a sacrifice fly. Pinch-hitter Fernando Seguignol had an RBI fielder’s choice in the eighth.
“Yoshinori was pitching very well, so my concentration level automatically went up,” Tanaka said.
“I gave up a leadoff double in the eighth, right after we scored the opening run. In that situation, I thought I had to strike out batters. And I struck out the side in order,” said the 20-year-old.
Yakult had its winning streak halted at six games. Sato threw seven innings of one-run ball.
BayStars 4, Marines 1
At Chiba Marine Stadium, Shuichi Murata and Takahiro Saeki hit back-to-back homers leading off the second inning and Tatsuhiko Kinjo added a solo drive in the third as Yokohama beat Chiba Lotte to snap a five-game losing streak.
Les Walrond (3-3) limited Lotte to one run and four hits in seven innings. Yoshihisa Naruse (2-2) allowed four runs in a complete-game effort.
Lions 2, Dragons 1 (10)
At Seibu Dome, Hiroyuki Nakajima homered in the fourth inning and singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th off Takuya Asao (3-5) as Seibu edged Chunichi.
Rookie right-hander Ryoma Nogami (1-2) worked three shutout innings in relief for the win. Tony Blanco gave Chunichi a 1-0 lead in the second with his third home run in two games.
Fighters 6, Giants 5
At Sapporo Dome, Shinji Takahashi hit a leadoff homer in the sixth inning to break a 4-4 tie and pinch hitter Luis Jimenez followed with a shot of his own as Hokkaido Nippon Ham beat Yomiuri for the second night in a row.
Takahashi launched a shot to left and Jimenez sent a drive over the right-center wall, both off Yomiuri starter Seth Greisinger (5-3).
Buffaloes 10, Carp 3
At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Shinji Shimoyama and Greg LaRocca both went deep to drive in five runs between them and had three hits apiece to fuel the offense in Orix’s rout of Hiroshima.
Hawks 3, Tigers 2 (10)