NISHINOMIYA, HYOGO PREF. – Ryosuke Hirata led off the game with a home run and Hirokazu Ibata followed two outs later with an RBI double as the Chunichi Dragons held off the Hanshin Tigers in a 2-1 victory on Wednesday night.
Second-year lefty Yudai Ono, drafted in the first round in 2010, posted his first career win in his first start this season, limiting the damage to one run in 5⅓ innings at Koshien Stadium.
Chunichi closer Hitoki Iwase worked the ninth for his Central-League leading 26th save. Hanshin’s lefty Minoru Iwata (5-8) took the loss, despite yielding just two runs while scattering seven hits in seven innings.
Victor Diaz played first in place of injury-hit Chunichi first baseman Tony Blanco, who is sidelined with a broken metacarpal in his left hand.
Swallows 7, BayStars 6
At Jingu Stadium, Tokyo Yakult turned the game on its head with a five-run eighth inning, featuring Kazuhiro Hatakeyama’s go-ahead grand slam off reliever Shigeru Kaga, to rally over DeNa.
Lefty Ryo Hidaka (1-1) won in relief and Tony Barnette worked the ninth for his 20th save. Reliever Hitoshi Fujie (1-2) was charged with the loss.
Carp 4, Giants 2
Buffaloes 3, Eagles 1
At Sendai’s Kleenex Stadium, New York Yankees throwaway Kei Igawa got his first pro win since returning to Japan, allowing one unearned run over eight innings as Orix downed Tohoku Rakuten.
Igawa (1-2) struck out three and walked three in a 104-pitch outing to win his first game in Japan in six years. Aarom Baldiris and Takahiro Okada had RBI hits in the seventh, overturning a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead. Manabu Mima (5-4) took the loss for Orix.
Hawks 4, Lions 1
At Saitama’s Seibu Dome, Tadashi Settsu used an effective sinker, holding batters to one run and five hits over the distance, and Nobuhiro Matsuda hit a three-run homer off rookie left-hander Hirotaka Koishi (1-1) in the third inning as Softbank beat Seibu.
Settsu (8-4) threw his first complete game of the season, striking out six and walking one. Takeya Nakamura’s solo blast in the ninth was the sole run for the Lions.
Fighters 0, Marines 0 (12)