CHIBA – Mitsuo Yoshikawa limited the damage to one run in five gritty innings, Eiichi Koyano and Terrmel Sledge homered, and the Nippon Ham Fighters beat the Lotte Marines 3-1 to extend their winning streak to four games on Sunday.
Yoshikawa (1-1) gave up three hits, struck out four and walked five as he struggled with his command but won his first decision since May 1, 2008.
Hisashi Takeda had a perfect ninth for his second save. Rookie lefty Takahiro Fujioka (1-1) took the loss at QVC Marine Field.
Koyano went deep to left with a two-run blast to open the scoring in the third and Sledge hit a solo drive in the seventh. Lotte was held to three hits and lost its third in a row.
Hawks 7, Lions 5
At Seibu Dome, Wily Mo Pena hit a three-run homer and a RBI triple, Nagisa Arakaki won his second consecutive start despite allowing five runs in five innings, and Softbank stretched its winning streak to four games.
Pena and Tomoaki Egawa had back-to-back RBI triples to overturn a 5-4 deficit into a 6-5 lead in the sixth. Seiichi Uchikawa added an RBI double in the seventh in the Hawks’ 11-hit attack.
Buffaloes 2, Eagles 0
At Kyocera Dome, Orix right-hander Hiroshi Kisanuki threw his first complete-game shutout in two years in his first start of the season in an efficient win over Rakuten.
Kisanuki (1-0) allowed four hits — all singles — and struck out four without walking a batter in a 95-pitch outing. Hikaru Ito had a sacrifice fly and Keiji Obiki hit an RBI single for Orix.
Carp 5, BayStars 2
At Yokohama Stadium, rookie Yusuke Nomura pitched eight scoreless innings on five-hit ball, Akihiro Higashide went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and Hiroshima won its sixth in a row in a victory over DeNA.
Nomura (1-0) struck out six without a walk en route to his first career win. Eishin Soyogi had a suicide squeeze for the first run in the third, and pinch-hitter Tomonori Maeda added a two-run single to key a three-run ninth.
Giants 5, Tigers 1
At Koshien Stadium, Ryosuke Miyaguni (1-0) threw one-run ball over seven innings in his first career start, leading Yomiuri over Hanshin to snap a five-game losing skid.
Shuichi Murata had a run-scoring single off Minoru Iwata (0-2) in the first, Yoshitomo Tani and Hisayoshi Chono hit back-to-back RBI singles in the second, and Yomiuri went on to build a 5-0 lead through five innings.
Swallows 3, Dragons 1 (10)
At Nagoya Dome, pinch-hitter Yasushi Iihara had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly against closer Hitoki Iwase (0-1) and Shingo Kawabata added insurance with a run-scoring single in the 10th inning, lifting Yakult past Chunichi.
Third-year right-hander Ryo Hirai inherited a two-out bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the 10th and got Naomichi Donoue to ground out for the final out of the game to pick up his first career save.