FUKUOKA – Hideaki Wakui pitched a one-hitter for his first shutout of the season as the Saitama Seibu Lions beat the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 4-0 to move atop the Pacific League.
Wakui’s no-hit bid ended when Lee Bum Ho led off the ninth with a double to left at Yahoo Dome. The 2009 Sawamura Award winner walked two and struck out six in a 116-pitch outing.
“Even though I missed a no-hitter, I’m happy I got a win because I hadn’t won for a while (since April 16),” said Wakui, who improved to 4-2. “My fastball was on tonight. Their No. 3 and cleanup hitters are hitting well, so I tried to keep them off-balance.”
Takeya Nakamura had a pair of RBI singles in the first and fifth innings.
The Lions also got run-scoring singles from Hiroyuki Nakajima in the third and Takumi Kuriyama in the fifth.
Tsuyoshi Wada (4-3) gave up four runs and nine hits in five innings. Tomoaki Sato went 3-for-4 with two runs scored for Seibu, which has won three straight.
Tigers 10, Carp 6
At Koshien Stadium, Matt Murton blasted his team’s second grand slam of the night as Hanshin rallied to send Hiroshima to its third loss in a row.
Pinch hitter Akihiro Yano had a tying single in the eighth inning and Murton went deep to center off Ken Takahashi (4-3), his second homer in as many games, to give the Tigers the lead for good. Tomoyuki Kubota (3-1) won in relief.
Kenji Johjima hit a grand slam in the first and had five RBIs and two runs scored in going 2-for-4. Hanshin led 5-0 through the third before Hiroshima rebounded in a four-run fifth and went up 6-5 on Kenta Kurihara’s go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth.
Dragons 2, Swallows 1
At Nagoya Dome, Motonobu Tanishige drove in the game-winning run on a bases-loaded single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting Chunichi past Tokyo Yakult.
Tanishige bounced a sharp roller into right field off reliever Takehiko Oshimoto (1-2). Takuya Asao (2-2) worked a 1-2-3 ninth. Kenichi Nakata pitched one-run ball over eight innings in his first start of the season.
Tatsuro Iwasaki broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the fifth before Shinya Miyamoto tied it with a run-scoring single in the seventh.