Shiomi guides Eagles to another victory over Lions


The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles won for the second day in a row, 5-2 over the Seibu Lions following a victory on Opening Day, getting eight strong innings from lefty Takahiro Shiomi on Saturday afternoon.

Shiomi, who was sidelined last season due to a shoulder injury, allowed two runs with two walks for the Japan Series champion Eagles before handing the game over to Brian Falkenborg to finish off the Lions in a 5-2 win in front of 26,916 at Seibu Dome.

It was Shiomi’s first victory since July 2012.

“Last season I had a rough time since I was injured. I was prepared for today and I am glad I was able to overcome my hardships,” Shiomi said. “I was a little nervous to start off, but I was able to get off the ground by retiring the first three batters (in the first inning) in order and that was great.”

Ginji Akaminai had a tiebreaking RBI single in the fifth inning and former MLB slugger Kevin Youkilis hit a leadoff blast in the sixth for his first homer since arriving in Japan.

Hawks 5, Marines 2

At Fukuoka’s Yafuoku Dome, right-hander Kenichi Nakata won his first start with his new team after moving from Chunichi, tossing six innings of two-run ball as Softbank came from behind to beat Chiba Lotte.

Yuya Hasegawa had a two-run double and the Hawks overturned a 2-1 deficit with five consecutive hits to take a 5-2 lead in the sixth. Dennis Sarfate picked up his first save of the season with his new team after pitching a scoreless ninth.

Buffaloes 5, Fighters 0

At Sapporo Dome, Brandon Dickson threw his first shutout in his second year in Japan, Tomotaka Sakaguchi drove in three runs on three singles, and Orix rattled Hokkaido Nippon Ham’s Yuki Saito in a blowout.

Dickson (1-0) allowed just four singles, struck out seven and walked one. Saito (0-1), who last season pitched in just one game on the top team due to a right shoulder injury, surrendered four runs and nine hits in six shaky innings.

Carp 6, Dragons 1

At Nagoya Dome, Brad Eldred homered twice to drive in three runs, Hiroshima rookie Aren Kuri (1-0) held Chunichi to one run over six solid innings for his first career win, and the Carp won their second straight game from Opening Day.

Kuri scattered five hits and walked one and got a boost from Eldred, who went deep with a solo homer in the second and hit a two-run drive in the sixth on a 3-for-3 day. Starter Yudai Ono (0-1) took the loss for the Dragons.

BayStars 5, Swallows 4

At Jingu Stadium, Aarom Baldiris hit a two-run drive for his first home run with his new team, second-year right-hander Shoichi Ino limited the damage to three runs — two earned — in six innings and Yokohama downed Tokyo Yakult for its first win of the season.

Baldiris gave his team a 2-1 lead with a blast to left in the second and Noriharu Yamazaki had a tiebreaking solo homer off reliever Tetsuya Yamamoto (0-1) with two outs in the seventh. Swallows catcher Ryoji Aikawa hit a two-run drive in the sixth.

Tigers 5, Giants 3

At Tokyo Dome, Matt Murton hit a game-tying solo clout with one out in the eighth inning and Tsuyoshi Nishioka drove in the winning run on a grounder with none out and the bases loaded against Scott Mathieson (0-1) in the ninth in Hanshin’s win over Yomiuri.

First baseman Mauro Gomez, who had a stint with the Boston Red Sox in 2012, added a run-scoring single for insurance. South Korean Oh Seung-hwan saved his first game in Japan.