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Settsu, Hawks keep Lions in check

Kyodo

Tadashi Settsu threw one-run ball in his second complete game of the season and got late run support as the Softbank Hawks rallied for an 8-1 victory over the Seibu Lions on Sunday.

Settsu (10-5) yielded three hits — all singles — while striking out seven and walking one in a 115-pitch outing, registering double-digit wins for the first time in his career. He held the final 12 batters hitless.

“I have gotten past one hurdle,” said Settsu, who after allowing a sacrifice fly to Takumi Kuriyama in the sixth got Hiroyuki Nakajima to ground out for the final out of the frame. “I was able to keep control of my pitches. I’m more concerned about our team winning than my personal goals.”

Seibu starter Kazuhisa Ishii (4-6) became the fastest to reach 2,000 career strikeouts in Japanese baseball but took the loss.

The former major leaguer fanned Hitoshi Tamura for his first strikeout of the game in the fourth, making him only the 20th player to achieve the feat. He allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings of work, striking out four and walking two.

Kuriyama put Seibu ahead with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

But Munenori Kawasaki hit a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh and Yuya Hasegawa keyed a three-run eighth with a two-run double.

Fighters 8, Eagles 1

At Kleenex Stadium, Atsunori Inaba and Bobby Scales both homered and Micah Hoffpauir drove in three runs, powering Hokkaido Nippon Ham to its third straight win in a rout of Tohoku Rakuten.

Inaba had a leadoff blast in the second and Scales added a three-run drive in the fifth. Hoffpauir’s bases-clearing double extended the lead in the eighth. Masaru Takeda (9-6) gave up one run in six innings.

Buffaloes 7, Marines 2

At QVC Marine Field, leadoff man Tomotaka Sakaguchi went 3-for-5 with an RBI single in a four-run second inning against Shingo Ono (3-2) and Alfredo Figaro (6-4) limited the damage to two runs in 7⅓ innings.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Tigers 5, Swallows 2

At Kyocera Dome, Craig Brazell overturned a 2-0 deficit with a three-run double in the third inning and Takahiro Arai went deep with a two-run homer in the fifth as Hanshin downed Yakult to win its third in a row.

Giants 5, Carp 3

At Mazda Stadium, Kentaro Nishimura (4-0) helped his own cause with a two-run double in the second inning and yielded two unearned runs in seven innings as Yomiuri completed a three-game sweep of Hiroshima.

BayStars 2, Dragons 0

At Nagoya Dome, pinch hitter Norihiro Nakamura broke a scoreless deadlock with a two-run single off reliever Junichi Kawahara (1-4) in the ninth inning.