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Dragons’ Yoshimi blanks struggling Giants

Kyodo

Kazuki Yoshimi threw his first shutout of the season as the Chunichi Dragons handed the struggling Yomiuri Giants their fourth consecutive defeat to move into second place, dicing up a power-laden lineup in a 3-0 win on Thursday.

Chunichi won its seventh in a row and moved into second for the first time since May 22.

Yoshimi (11-6) struck out 11, allowed five singles and walked one in a 123-pitch outing at Nagoya Dome. It was his first shutout since July 18, 2009. Tetsuya Utsumi (7-6) took the loss for Yomiuri, which fell into third place.

Masahiro Araki had a two-run, bases-loaded single in the second and Kohei Oda cushioned the lead with an RBI double in the seventh.

Swallows 7, Carp 2

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Shinya Miyamoto keyed a five-run first inning with a three-run homer, Yoshinori Sato limited the damage to two runs in eight innings and Tokyo Yakult romped over Hiroshima.

Kazuhiro Hatakeyama got the Swallows on board with a two-run single before Miyamoto’s shot off Eric Stultz (4-9) to the stands in left-center for a 5-0 lead.

Tigers 10, BayStars 4

At Yokohama Stadium, Takahiro Arai drove in six runs, featuring a tiebreaking two-run single in a three-run third inning, and Central League leader Hanshin chipped away to beat lowly Yokohama for its fifth win in a row.

All of Hanshin’s starting nine had at least one hit in the 15-hit attack.

PACIFIC LEAGUE

Marines 7, Fighters 0

At Tokyo Dome, Yuki Karakawa pitched a four-hitter for his first shutout this year, Saburo Omura hit a grand slam and Chiba Lotte routed Hokkaido Nippon Ham.

After Lotte loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth inning, Omura went deep to right-center off rookie Masaru Nakamura (1-1) for a 4-0 lead.

Lions 5, Hawks 1

At Seibu Dome, Jose Fernandez hit a tiebreaking leadoff homer in the fourth inning and added a two-run single an inning later, helping front-running Seibu win the rubber match in a three-game series against Fukuoka Softbank.

Ryoma Nogami (2-2) threw one-run ball over seven solid innings.

Buffaloes 6, Eagles 5

At Kobe’s Skymark Stadium, Shinji Shimoyama hit a dramatic game-ending homer off Hiroshi Katayama (1-2) leading off the ninth inning to lift Orix to a win over Tohoku Rakuten.

Mamoru Kishida (6-5) won in relief. The Buffaloes’ Tomotaka Sakaguchi tied the game 5-5 with an RBI single in the sixth and went 3-for-5 with two RBIs.