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Goto goes deep as BayStars blank Giants

Kyodo

Taketoshi Goto hit a three-run home run in the early going as the Yokohama BayStars downed the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants 3-0 on Wednesday night.

Yasutomo Kubo (7-4) yielded five hits over six innings for the win and three relievers polished off the shutout as Yokohama stopped a three-game-losing skid with a victory at Okinawa Cellular Stadium.

After a two-out double by Takayuki Kajitani and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo drew a walk in the first inning, Goto took Giants starter Tomoyuki Sugano deep to left on a first-pitch offering.

The Giants saw their winning streak end after three games. Sugano (8-4) gave up three runs and four hits in six innings and lost two consecutive starts for the first time ever.

Tigers 6, Carp 5

At Koshien Stadium, Shintaro Fujinami (6-4) had a sudden lapse in a four-run eighth inning but escaped for the win, Mauro Gomez and Matt Murton both homered and Hanshin defeated Hiroshima for its seventh straight victory — the first time it has achieved such a feat in six years. Oh Seung-hwan notched his 20th save.

Dragons 4, Swallows 0

At Jingu Stadium, Masahiko Morino hit two of his team’s three home runs off Taichi Ishiyama (1-4) as Chunichi blanked Tokyo Yakult in a game called with none out in the top of the sixth inning due to driving rain and snapped its losing streak at five games. Yudai Kawai (3-3) registered his first shutout in five years.

PACIFIC LEAGUE

Hawks 7, Buffaloes 6

At Yafuoku Dome, Akira Nakamura had a game-tying, two-run double as Fukuoka Softbank rallied past Orix in a close game to regain first place in the PL. Seiichi Uchikawa went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Kazuyuki Hoashi (6-0) surrendered four runs and five hits in 5⅔ innings for the win. Daiki Tomei (2-2) was tagged for the loss.

Fighters 2, Eagles 1

At Kobo Stadium Miyagi, Shohei Otani (8-1) matched a franchise record with 16 strikeouts over the distance against Tohoku Rakuten, proving once again his ability to raise the bar on the mound as well as behind the plate as he won his sixth consecutive decision. Yang Dai-kang broke a 1-1 tie with an eighth-inning RBI single.

Lions 10, Marines 5

At Seibu Dome, Seibu staged a comeback from a 3-0 deficit in a five-run second inning, featuring Yuji Kaneko’s two-run single, en route to a romp of Chiba Lotte, which lost a season-worst sixth in a row. The Lions won their fourth straight and moved into fourth place.