SENDAI – Left-hander Takahiro Shiomi threw his first career shutout, Jose Fernandez homered, and the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles won their first regular season game in a 5-0 victory over the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks on Tuesday.
Shiomi (1-0) got superb movement with his fastball, allowing just four singles while striking out seven and walking three at Kleenex Stadium.
Hawks lefty Hiroki Yamada (0-1) was tagged with the loss.
Fernandez opened the second inning with a shot to left-center, and Ryo Hijirisawa drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth before Teppei Tsuchiya added a two-run triple in the next frame for a 4-0 lead.
The 2011 Japan Series champion Hawks saw their winning streak to start the season snapped at three games.
Buffaloes 5, Fighters 4
At Sapporo Dome, Aarom Baldiris had a game-tying double and Shogo Akada added a go-ahead single as Orix rallied in a three-run sixth inning en route to winning its first game of the regular season.
Yuki Nishi (1-0) yielded three runs in five innings of the win, and Mamoru Kishida allowed a run in the ninth but escaped for his first save.
Hokkaido Nippon Ham’s Bobby Keppel (0-1) was roughed up for five runs in five-plus innings.
Carp 4, Giants 0
At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Kan Otake (1-0) pitched seven shutout innings of five-hit ball, Yoshikazu Kura drove in three runs, and Hiroshima blanked D.J. Houlton and Yomiuri to win its first game of the regular season.
Jun Hirose opened the scoring with an RBI single in the second, and Kura had a suicide squeeze in the sixth before adding a two-run double in the eighth for the Carp.
Houlton (0-1), a 19-game winner with Softbank in 2011, took the loss in his first start with the Giants.