YOKOHAMA – Shohei Tateyama pitched two-run ball over seven effective innings and got support with two long balls and five RBIs by Wladimir Balentien as the Central-League front-running Tokyo Yakult Swallows defeated the Yokohama BayStars 6-3 on Tuesday.
Tateyama (8-1) gave up eight hits, struck out eight and walked one in a 123-pitch outing at Yokohama Stadium. Kentaro Takasaki (3-7) was roughed up for five runs in five innings.
Josh Whitesell opened the scoring with a run-scoring double in the first inning, which also featured Balentien’s RBI single.
Balentien, who went 4-for-5, hit a three-run drive in the fifth before capping his stellar night with a solo shot in the seventh.
Giants 2, Dragons 1
At Niigata’s Hard Off Stadium, Tetsuya Utsumi threw one-run ball over seven innings and Shinnosuke Abe hit a solo homer in the sixth as Yomiuri downed Chunichi in a slim victory.
Utsumi (10-2) scattered four hits, struck out five and walked two and leads the Central League in wins. Maximo Nelson (6-6) gave up two runs — one unearned — in seven innings of the loss.
Tigers at Carp — ppd.
Fighters 3, Eagles 2
At Tokyo Dome, Sho Nakata hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the fifth and Brian Wolfe held the damage to one run in six innings as Hokkaido Nippon Ham edged Tohoku Rakuten to win its fifth in a row.
Atsunori Inaba tacked on a solo homer in the sixth inning to cushion the lead.
Wolfe (8-3) allowed six hits, struck out four and walked none. Kelvin Jimenez (0-3) took the loss.
Hawks 4, Lions 1
At Fukuoka’s Yahoo Dome, Nobuhiro Matsuda and Jose Ortiz hit back-to-back homers off Masamitsu Hirano (1-4) to overturn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning and Softbank rallied to beat last-place Seibu, which lost eight in a row for the first time in four years.
Shota Oba (2-0) yielded one run in 5 2/3 innings, striking out 10, and Brain Falkenborg retired three in the ninth for his eighth save.
The Hawks moved a season-high 23 games above .500.
Marines 5, Buffaloes 1
At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, submarine hurler Shunsuke Watanabe (4-5) yielded one on five hits over six innings and Tomoya Satozaki drilled a two-run blast for insurance in the ninth as Lotte moved into third place with a win over Orix.
Chihiro Kaneko (4-1) took the loss.