OSAKA – Chiba Lotte lefty Takuya Furuya fooled Orix Buffaloes batters for 8⅔ innings before losing his no-hitter, but held on to throw a one-hit shutout in his second career start.
The 31-year-old, who has dominated the Eastern League with the Marines’ farm club this season, pitched the Pacific League leaders to a 7-0 victory over the Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome in his season debut with first team. His previous start with the big club was on Aug. 30, 2006, when he lasted two innings in his PL debut.
Furuya’s best season so far came in 2010, when he contributed a 2.91 ERA in 58 games out of the bullpen during Lotte’s Japan Series championship season.
Furuya was perfect until issuing a two-out walk in the eighth. With two outs in the ninth, Orix leadoff man Tomotaka Sakaguchi tripled on a 3-2 pitch, but Furuya, who threw a no-hitter in the EL on May 30, got the final batter to finish the game. The EL ERA and strikeout leader this season struck out 10 batters in a 139-pitch outing with a heater that maxed out at 139 kph.
Marines leadoff man Shunichi Nemoto gave the Marines an auspicious start, homering on the first pitch of the game from Takahiro Matsuba (3-3), the Buffaloes’ first draft pick last autumn. The lefty allowed six runs, five earned, on three hits and a three walks in 4⅓ innings.
While veteran Marines catcher Tomoya Satozaki was guiding Furuya toward victory, he went 4-for-4 with a double at the plate. Tadahito Iguchi highlighted Lotte’s five-run fifth inning with a three-run double.
Furuya was the ninth PL pitcher to lose his no-hitter with two outs in the ninth inning, the last was Nippon Ham Fighters right-hander Kazuhito Tadano in 2009.
Lions 1, Eagles 0
At Saitama’s Seibu Dome, Seibu captain Takumi Kuriyama unlocked a scoreless game with a two-out, solo homer in the eighth inning as Ryoma Nogami (4-2) threw eight scoreless innings to outduel Rakuten’s Satoshi Nagai (2-3).
Dennis Sarfate walked one batter in the ninth but recorded his third save, completing the two-hit shutout. Nogami walked two batters and struck out four.
Fighters 6, Hawks 5 (10)
Giants 5, Carp 0
At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, six Yomiuri pitchers combined to shut out Hiroshima on three hits as the Giants became the first team in either league to reach 40 wins.
Former Carp Takahiro Aoki (1-0) allowed one hit in 2-1/3 scoreless innings of relief to win his first game since Hiroshima traded him to the Giants on May 1.
BayStars at Swallows — ppd.
Tigers at Dragons — ppd.