NISHINOMIYA, HYOGO PREF. – Takahiro Fujioka worked seven-plus innings as the Pacific League’s Chiba Lotte Marines defeated the Hanshin Tigers 5-2 on Sunday afternoon to remain perfect in interleague play. Lotte has won six straight games overall.
Fujioka (3-1) was able to mix up his fastball with a sharp curveball, allowing him to pitch his way out of several scrapes and surrender just two runs on five hits and four walks at Koshien Stadium.
Takashi Ogino delivered an RBI double in the third inning and Saburo Omura a two-out two-run single as the Marines took a three-run lead against Tigers lefty Minoru Iwata (3-1). Tigers third baseman Ryota Arai prolonged the inning when he failed to come up with a sharp one-out grounder and was charged with an error.
Iwata allowed five runs, three earned, on seven hits and four walks, while striking out four.
The visitors added two more in the seventh on a sac fly by Omura and a run-scoring triple by Luis Cruz.
Fujioka left the mound after issuing a leadoff walk and a line drive double in the top of the eighth. Reliever Carlos Rosa allowed one run to score on a Matt Murton ground out and the other to come home on a two-out single by Arai.
Yuji Nishino worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his 12th save.
Giants 2, Dragons 0
At Tokyo Dome, right-hander Yuki Koyama earned his first victory in two seasons, starting and allowing two hits in 7⅓ innings to win his season debut as Yomiuri defeated Hokkaido Nippon Ham, which got 7⅓ solid innings from Luis Mendoza (2-6).
Carp 3, Lions 1
At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Rainel Rosario brought Central League-leading Hiroshima from behind with a two-run homer in the fourth inning, and Bryan Bullington (6-4) worked seven innings as the Carp beat Seibu to snap a four-game interleague losing streak.
Dragons 2, Hawks 1
At Nagoya Dome, Tatsuro Hamada (3-0) pitched 7⅔ sharp innings of four-hit ball, and Kazuhiro Wada and Masahiko Morino each singled in a run as Chunichi beat Fukuoka Softbank and won its fourth straight.
Buffaloes 7, BayStars 1
At Yokohama Stadium, Wily Mo Pena homered twice and Takahiro Okada went deep for the second straight game to back a strong six-inning effort from Brandon Dickson (4-3) as PL-leading Orix defeated Yokohama.
Eagles 3, Swallows 2
At Jingu Stadium, Travis Blackley allowed two runs in five innings to win his Japan debut, and Brian Falkenborg recorded his seventh save as Tohoku Rakuten edged Tokyo Yakult.