YOKOHAMA – Futoshi Kobayashi combined with six relievers in a shutout Wednesday night as the Yokohama BayStars beat the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4-0 for their first ever three-game sweep under new club owner DeNA.
Kobayashi (1-1) helped his own cause with an RBI single to open the scoring in the second inning and Masaaki Koike added a bases-loaded two-run double in a three-run sixth at Yokohama Stadium.
“I did the minimal job I could as a pitcher, but I was pitching with a good rhythm tonight,” said Kobayashi.
Kobayashi, making only his second start this season, scattered eight hits over five scoreless innings. Six relievers held the Swallows’ bats to four hits the rest of the way.
DeNa improved to 7-5 with one tie against Yakult, which has lost four of its last five games.
“We aren’t trying to get carried away. Tonight, all the players chipped in for this win,” said DeNa manager Kiyoshi Nakahata.
Dragons 9, Carp 2
At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Chunichi took advantage of a wild Keisuke Imai (1-3) to score four runs in the first inning on RBI hits by Kazuhiro Wada, Motonobu Tanishige and Masahiko Morino and piled on the damage afterward on the way to a rout of the Carp.
Soma Yamauchi (7-4) threw two-run ball over five innings to win his first start since June 9, and the Dragons moved within 4-1/2 games of first-place Yomiuri. Hiroshima saw its winning streak end at five games and slipped into third place.
Giants 2, Tigers 2 (9 innings)
At Koshien Stadium, Yomiuri rallied from two runs down, featuring Hayato Sakamoto’s game-tying RBI single in the seventh inning, and Hanshin avoided a three-game sweep after the game ended in a nine-inning tie.
Takahiro Arai and Tomoaki Kanemoto had back-to-back RBI hits for a 2-0 lead in the third inning for the Tigers.
Marines 4, Eagles 3
At Chiba’s QVC Marine Field, pinch hitter Kazuya Fukuura hit a walkoff sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, lifting PL-leader Chiba Lotte over Tohoku Rakuten to take two out of three-game set.
Yasuhiko Yabuta (1-3) pitched 1-1/3 scoreless innings for the win. The Eagles rallied to score three runs in the last two innings before their bullpen gave up the winning run.
Hawks 5, Buffaloes 2
At Fukuoka’s Yahoo Dome, Wily Mo Pena, Hitoshi Tamura and pinch hitter Lee Tu-hsuan each homered to power Softbank in a win over Orix to move into fourth place in the PL standings.
Pena hit a two-run drive to put the Hawks on the scoreboard in the third and Tamura added a solo blast in the sixth. Lee went deep with a solo shot with two outs in the eighth.
Tadashi Settsu (9-4) allowed two runs in five innings for the win.