Ryosuke Miyaguni allowed a run in six steady innings on Wednesday, helping the Yomiuri Giants beat the Yokohama BayStars 4-1 after the Central League leaders dropped their series opener the night before.
John Bowker homered for the second straight night, giving the Giants the lead in the second inning with his 11th homer of the year, a two-out, two-run shot off BayStars starter Kota Suda (3-2).
The BayStars halved that deficit in the top of the third, when Norihiro Nakamura’s two-out single off Miyaguni (5-5) scored captain Takehiro Ishikawa from second.
Suda managed to keep the Giants in check until the sixth inning, when Shuichi Murata’s RBI double knocked the right-hander out of the game. Shinnosuke Abe greeted the next pitcher, former teammate Masanori Hayashi, with a blistering single that made it 4-1.
Suda was charged with four runs on three hits and two walks over 5⅓ innings. He struck out five.
With a three-run lead after six innings, Miyaguni was pulled in favor of lefty relief ace Tetsuya Yamaguchi. Miyaguni, who struck out four, allowed a run on eight hits and a walk as the BayStars hit just 1-for-7 against him with a runner in scoring position.
While Miyaguni teased the BayStars, the Giants’ bullpen oppressed them. Yamaguchi worked a 1-2-3 seventh, striking out the last batter he faced. Scott Mathieson picked up from there in the eighth, striking out all three batters he faced.
Closer Kentaro Nishimura worked the ninth for his 30th save.
The Giants went down in the order in the first, but Abe and a defensive lapse helped put the hosts ahead in the second.
After Abe grounded a leadoff single, the next batter hit a potential double-play grounder up the middle, but shortstop Takayuki Kajitani’s high toss to the pivot man cost the defense a chance for two outs and left a man on for Bowker with two down.
Giants starter Miyaguni immediately put his lead in jeopardy by walking the first man he faced in the third, Ishikawa. The right-hander got two easy flies to center, but back-to-back singles by Tony Blanco and Nakamura saw Ishikawa sprint around third and slide home headfirst ahead of the tag.
Suda opened the door for the Giants in the sixth by walking the leadoff man for the second straight inning. After the obligatory sacrifice, Murata slammed a double to the wall in center to drive in a run. Abe then hammered a drive off the right-field wall for a loud RBI single that plated the second run of the inning.
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