HIROSHIMA – Hiroshima ace Kenta Maeda continued to have the Chunichi Dragons’ number on Wednesday, going eight innings in the Carp’s 2-0 victory over their closest Central League rivals.
Maeda (12-5) allowed five hits and two walks, while striking out six. He improved to 3-0 against Chunichi this season with no runs allowed in 23 innings. Kam Mickolio pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 22nd save and move the third-place Carp three games clear of the fourth-place Dragons.
Ryosuke Kikuchi opened the scoring in the first after he and Yoshihiro Maru singled with one out to put runners on the corners with one out. Kikuchi scored from third on a wild pitch by Dragons right-hander Kensuke Nakata (4-6).
Soichiro Amaya singled in another run for the hosts in the second, and Maeda and Mickolio barred the door from there.
BayStars 8, Tigers 3
At Yokohama Stadium, Tatsuhiko Kinjo dictated the pace of the game with a first-inning, three-run homer and DeNA belted out 14 hits in a lopsided win over pennant-contending Hanshin.
Tigers starter Naoto Tsuru (3-1) allowed six runs, five earned, in two innings to suffer his first loss in two years. Second-place Hanshin fell 8½ games back of the first-place Yomiuri Giants, whose game was rained out.
Lions 0 Eagles 0 (12)
At Sendai’s Kleenex Stadium, four Seibu pitchers limited league-leading Tohoku Rakuten to three hits, and the two teams played to a scoreless tie after 12 innings.
The Eagles came within a hair of winning it with a runner on third and two out in the ninth. Toshihito Abe smashed a fat fastball from right-hander Hideaki Wakui, but it was fielded smartly by Seibu shortstop Kyohei Nagae and turned into the third out.
Buffaloes 4, Marines 0
At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Chihiro Kaneko (11-8) allowed three hits and a walk over seven scoreless innings, and Lee Dae-ho sparked a four-run sixth inning with a two-run home run as Orix blanked Chiba Lotte.
Kaneko retired the last 15 batters he faced, while Tatsuya Sato and Yoshihisa Hirano each pitched a 1-2-3 inning to complete the three-hitter.
Hawks at Fighters — late