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Fujinami holds Carp to two runs, helps own cause with homer

Tigers extend winning streak to six games

Kyodo

Shintaro Fujinami (1-2) allowed two runs in seven innings, homered and earned the win as the Hanshin Tigers dispatched the Hiroshima Carp 8-2 on Tuesday.

Fujinami surrendered four hits in two walks, pitching the Tigers to their sixth straight win. He struck out seven at Mazda Stadium.

“It feels good to get that first win out of the way,” said Fujinami, who turned 20 on Saturday. “The team is really on a roll now, playing well and the hitters have just been in great form. They gave me a lot of run support and made it easy on me. I’m thankful for that.”

The Tigers broke the game open in a four-run fifth inning off Carp right-hander Yusuke Nomura (2-1), who gave up five runs in five innings to suffer the loss. Ryota Arai delivered the big blow in the inning with his second home run of the season, a three-run shot.

Fujinami padded the visitors’ lead in the sixth with a leadoff homer, but Kila Ka’aihue got that run back with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning.

“I need to do a little better job of pitching and reduce the burden on the bullpen when I have left the mound,” he said of the late run.

Hiroshima took the early lead, when Brad Eldred reached the seats off Fujinami to lead off the second inning.

Dragons 11, BayStars 6

At Nagoya Dome, Chunichi’s Daniel Cabrera (3-0) allowed two runs in five innings and his teammates thumped Yokohama with a 16-hit attack.

The BayStars pulled to within a run in the sixth on Shotaro Ide’s three-run pinch-hit double, but the Dragons batted around in the home half of the inning.

Swallows 8, Giants 4

At Shizuoka’s Kusanagi Stadium, Kazuhiro Hatakeyama broke up a tie-game in the eighth, when he drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in the first of five runs in the inning as Tokyo Yakult came from behind to beat Yomiuri.

Naomichi Nishiura tied it for the host Swallows at 3-3 with an RBI double in the seventh.

Giants right-hander Scott Mathieson (1-2) got the Giants out of that jam, but walked three of the five batters he faced in the eighth and suffered the loss.

PACIFIC LEAGUE

Buffaloes 3, Fighters 1

At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Orix right-hander Yuki Nishi (3-0) allowed three hits over seven scoreless innings, while Takahiro Okada, Yoshio Itoi and Shunta Goto each drove in a run in the win over Hokkaido Nippon Ham.

Hawks 4, Eagles 1

At Fukuoka’s Yafuoku Dome, Fukuoka Softbank’s Jason Standridge (1-1) allowed a run over 8-1/3 innings and was backed by three double plays to beat Tohoku Rakuten and earn his first win as a Hawk since 2007.

Standridge gave up four hits and four walks, while striking out four.

The Hawks took a two-run first-inning lead on an RBI single from Lee Dae-ho, who went 4-for-4, and a sacrifice fly from Nobuhiro Matsuda.

Marines 3, Lions 2

At Omiya Stadium, former Seibu ace Hideaki Wakui earned his first win since joining Chiba Lotte in the offseason as a free agent, allowing two runs in seven innings to defeat the Lions.

Wakui (1-2) allowed five hits and hit a batter, while striking out eight and walking none.