Michihiro Ogasawara went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, Shun Tono held the damage to two runs in eight innings and the Yomiuri Giants continued their hot streak with a 5-2 win over the Hiroshima Carp on Saturday.
The Giants won four in a row for the first time this season, beating the Carp on a day when an official pro baseball game was held in Hiroshima for the first time in 53 years on the anniversary of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of the western Japan city.
With the victory, Yomiuri leapfrogged Hiroshima into third place in the Central League standings.
Yoshinobu Takahashi opened the scoring with a run-scoring single in the first inning, followed by Ogasawara’s two-run double at Mazda Stadium.
Kazunari Sanematsu led off the second with a homer before Ogasawara added an RBI single in the fifth.
The Carp grabbed one back on a fielder’s choice in the sixth and pinch hitter Tomonori Maeda had an infield single in the seventh.
Giancarlo Alvarado (1-4) took the loss.
Tigers 6, Swallows 1
At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Randy Messenger threw his first career complete game in Japan and got plenty of run support as Hanshin beat CL-frontrunner Tokyo Yakult to return to .500.
Messenger (8-2), who came within one out of pitching a shutout, allowed four hits, struck out seven and walked two. Yoshinori Sato (5-4) got roughed up for four runs in five innings.
Keiichi Hirano had two RBIs and Takahiro Arai went 3-for-3 with a run-scoring single for the Tigers.
The Swallows lost their third in a row.
Dragons 7, BayStars 6
At Nagoya Dome, Masahiko Morino cut the deficit to one with a two-run double, Ryosuke Hirata tied it with an RBI single and Hidenori Kuramoto followed with a suicide squeeze for the winning run in a five-run eighth inning as Chunichi rallied past Yokohama.
Fighters 6, Eagles 3
At Sendai’s Kleenex Stadium, Atsunori Inaba keyed a five-run fifth inning with a two-run bases-loaded single as Hokkaido Nippon Ham overcame a two-run deficit on the way to beating Tohoku Rakuten.
Fighters ace Yu Darvish (14-3) struggled with location but pitched three-run ball over seven innings, striking out eight with no walks to lead Japanese baseball in wins.
The Eagles’ Kelvin Jimenez (0-5) was charged with the loss.
Rakuten first baseman Luis Garcia, who hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, committed a two-run error in the Fighters’ big inning.
Buffaloes 1, Marines 1 (10)
At Chiba’s QVC Marine Field, Aarom Baldiris delivered a game-tying double in the seventh inning for Orix, forcing the game into an extra frame before it ended in a 10-inning tie.
Shunsuke Watanabe combined with two relievers on three-hit ball for Chiba Lotte.
Hawks 1, Lions (10)
At Seibu Dome, Yuichi Honda had a game-tying RBI grounder in the sixth inning as Fukuoka Softbank played Seibu to a 10-inning tie.
The Hawks’ Toshiya Sugiuchi allowed one run and struck out 11 over nine innings.