Taiwanese right-hander Chang Chih Chia — making his debut in Japan — held Nippon Ham to just two hits over six innings to earn the win as the Seibu Lions defeated the Fighters 5-0 Sunday afternoon at the Seibu Dome.
Chang walked only one batter and struck out five with a deceptive change-up to earn the win. Three Seibu relievers held the Fighters hitless the rest of the way.
Tom Evans, recently acquired from the Hanshin Tigers, slammed a solo homer — his first of the season — in the second inning and an RBI double by Ken Suzuki made it 2-0 the third.
Slugger Alex Cabrera was ejected for charging the mound after losing pitcher Carlos Mirabal (6-2) hit him with a pitch in the fifth inning.
Buffaloes 4, BlueWave 1
At the Osaka Dome, Tuffy Rhodes belted his league-leading 21st homer as Kintetsu defeated Orix to move into second place in the league standings.
Rhodes got Kintetsu on board with a two-run shot in the third and Sean Bergman (2-1) scattered five hits over seven scoreless innings as the Buffaloes won their fifth in a row.
Marines 2, Hawks 1
At Alpen Stadium in Toyama, Derrick May belted a solo homer in the second inning as Chiba Lotte beat Fukuoka Daiei.
The Hawks tied the game in the fifth but Daiei’s Akichika Yamada (4-4) gave up the decisive run on a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the bottom half of the inning.
Dragons 7, BayStars 4
Veteran left-hander Masa Yamamoto notched seven strikeouts in six innings to earn his first win of the season and Kazuki Inoue belted a 2-run homer to spark a 5-run fifth inning as Chunichi held off Yokohama at the Nagoya Dome.
Swallows 7, Tigers 1
At Chiba Marine Stadium, Kevin Hodges held front-running Hanshin to one run on seven hits over eight innings while registering five strikeouts as Yakult snapped a three-game losing streak.
Carp 7, Giants 6
Takahiro Arai smacked a three-run homer in the eighth inning as Hiroshima rallied to edge Yomiuri at the Tokyo Dome.
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