Nishimura, Ogasawara help Giants top Tigers


Kentaro Nishimura threw seven shutout innings and Michihiro Ogasawara belted a two-run homer as the Yomiuri Giants blanked the rival Hanshin Tigers 3-0 on Wednesday.

Hayato Sakamoto’s one-out RBI single opened the scoring in the third and Ogasawara followed in the same frame with a shot over the wall in right-center at Koshien Stadium.

“Each player thought about coach Kimura in today’s game and I think that was big in bringing us to victory,” Ogasawara said, referring to Yomiuri infield and running coach Takuya Kimura, who died earlier the same morning after suffering a brain hemorrhage.

Nishimura (1-0) gave up three hits, all singles, and walked none to help Yomiuri to its fifth win in six games. Daisuke Ochi escaped a two-on jam in the ninth for the save.

Yasutomo Kubo (1-1) took the loss.

Swallows 7, Carp 1

At Jingu Stadium, Shohei Tateyama allowed one unearned run over eight innings and Jamie D’Antona hit a grand slam and drove in six runs as Tokyo Yakult romped over Hiroshima.

D’Antona, who went 4-for-5 on the night, had a run-scoring single in the first and connected for a drive to right-center to make it 6-1 with two outs in the sixth before adding a sacrifice fly two innings later.

Tateyama (2-0) yielded six hits and struck out eighth while walking two. Yuki Saito (0-2) allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Dragons 2, BayStars 0

At Yokohama Stadium, left-hander Takashi Ogasawara allowed three hits in seven strong innings.


Marines 5, Hawks 0

At Fukuoka’s Yahoo Dome Yuta Omine struck out 10 for his second career shutout and Tadahito Iguchi hit a two-run double among his three hits to lead Chiba Lotte over Fukuoka Softbank.

Lions 9, Buffaloes 2

At Saitama’s Seibu Dome, Hiroyuki Nakajima went 3-for-3 with a homer and five RBIs and Kazuhisa Ishii threw two-run ball over seven innings as Seibu beat Orix for its third consecutive win.

Eagles 6, Fighters 3

At Sapporo Dome, Takeshi Yamasaki homered and Ryo Hijirisawa hit a tiebreaking double as Tohoku Rakuten handed Hokkaido Nippon Ham its third consecutive loss.