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Kris Johnson outduels Takayuki Kishi as Carp down Eagles

Kyodo

Kris Johnson allowed two runs in six innings to outduel veteran right-hander Takayuki Kishi in the Hiroshima Carp’s 4-2 interleague win over the Tohoku Rakuten Eagles on Sunday.

Johnson (6-4) walked four and surrendered three hits, while striking out five at Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi. But after two walks and a single gave the hosts the lead in the second inning, the lefty retired 12 of the last 13 batters he faced.

Hiroshima’s Xavier Batista tied the game 2-2 in the sixth, when he doubled in catcher Tsubasa Aizawa for the second time in the game.

Kishi (2-1) allowed three runs over seven innings. He struck out eight, while allowing seven hits and three walks. His leadoff walk in the seventh proved costly, when Ryoma Nishikawa singled off a nearly unhittable pitch to put Hiroshima in front on what should have been an inning-ending strikeout.

With two outs, an 0-2 count and pinch runner Takayoshi Noma at second, Nishikawa swatted at a changeup just before it hit the dirt and knocked it between third and short for an RBI single.

“I was just lucky it found a hole,” Nishikawa said.

Aizawa singled in an insurance run in the top of the ninth, and Geronimo Franzua, Hiroshima’s fourth pitcher, worked a 1-2-3 inning in the home half for his second save.

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