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Hoashi tosses four-hit shutout against Hawks

Kyodo

Kazuyuki Hoashi pitched his second shutout of the season and Yoshihito Ishii went 3-for-4 with an RBI as the Saitama Seibu defeated the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 6-0 on Friday.

Hoashi (8-5) scattered four hits, all singles, struck out eight and walked none. Ishii broke a scoreless tie with an RBI double in a five-run fourth inning at Seibu Dome.

Takahiko G.G. Sato and Tatsuyuki Uemoto had run-scoring singles in the inning. Justin Germano (5-4) lasted only 3 2/3 innings.

Eagles 9, Marines 5

At Sendai’s Kleenex Stadium, Takeshi Yamasaki and Todd Linden homered and drove in five runs between them as Tohoku Rakuten beat Chiba Lotte.

Yamasaki’s solo homer and Linden’s two-run blast, both off Naoyuki Shimizu (5-7), put the Eagles up 5-2 in the third inning. Yamasaki added an RBI single in the fourth and Linden a run-scoring double in the sixth.

Masahiro Tanaka (14-5) allowed four runs and struck out 10 over seven innings.

Fighters 7, Buffaloes 6 (11)

At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Terrmel Sledge hit a tiebreaking homer leading off the top of the 11th as Hokkaido Nippon Ham outlasted Orix.

Sledge sent the 0-1 pitch from Chihiro Kaneko (11-8) over the left-field wall.

Hisashi Takeda (2-0) got the win with two scoreless innings. Atsunori Inaba hit a three-run home run in the seventh.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Giants 10, Swallows 2

At Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, Tetsuya Utsumi threw seven solid innings and Yoshitomo Tani and Shinnosuke Abe contributed with three RBIs apiece as Yomiuri trounced Tokyo Yakult.

Utsumi (8-10) allowed two runs and six hits, while striking out six and walking three. Kyohei Muranaka (0-5) took the loss.

Michihiro Ogasawara broke a scoreless tie with a two-run single with two outs in the fifth inning. Tani added an RBI double in the sixth and a two-run single in a five-run seventh that was capped by Abe’s three-run homer over the center-field wall.

Carp 5, Tigers 4

At Koshien Stadium, Soichiro Amaya and Tetsuya Kokubo combined for four RBIs as Hiroshima edged Hanshin.

Amaya hit a two-run triple off Atsushi Nomi (10-9) to break a 2-2 tie with two outs before Kokubo followed with a run-scoring single in a four-run third inning.

BayStars 5, Dragons 2

At Nagoya Dome, Noriharu Yamazaki had a tiebreaking single in the third and Yokohama added three insurance runs in the next frame en route to beating Chunichi.