Osaka Kintetsu right-hander Jeremy Powell threw a four-hitter for his second straight shutout to lead the Buffaloes to their sixth straight victory with a 5-0 win over the Nippon Ham Fighters on Friday.
Powell (6-3), who was named the league’s most valuable pitcher for the month of May the day before, went the distance on 112 pitches at Hitachinaka stadium in Ibaraki Prefecture, striking out seven while only giving up a pair of walks.
Tuffy Rhodes went 4-for-5 with two runs batted in and another run scored to power the Kintetsu offense.
Lions 5, Marines 4
At the Seibu Dome, Susumu Otomo singled with the bases loaded in the 10th inning lead Seibu over Chiba Lotte and give the Lions their first five-game winning streak of the season
Kazuo Matsui and Alex Cabrera hit solo homers for Seibu and Kiyoshi Toyoda (2-0) picked up the win after pitching one perfect inning of relief.
Hawks 4, BlueWave 1
At the Nagoya Dome, Nobuhiko Matsunaka drove in all four runs with a pair of homers and Kenichi Wakatabe (2-0) held Orix to a single run despite allowing base-runners in each of the six innings he pitched as Fukuoka Daiei defeated the BlueWave.
Daiei reliever Shuji Yoshida pitched the Hawks out of a bases-loaded jam with no one out in the sixth inning and Rodney Pedraza gave up a hit in the ninth but did not allow a run for his 10th save.
Carp 9, Tigers 5
At the Osaka Dome, Hiroshima roughed up Hanshin lefty Trey Moore (6-4) to the tune of nine runs on 11 hits over four-plus innings and ended a five-game losing streak against the Tigers.
Hiroshima’s southpaw starter Ken Takahashi (5-4) was nearly as shaky as Moore, giving up five runs on nine hits, but held on through five-plus innings for his third straight win.
Kojiro Machida sparked the fireworks for Hiroshima with a two-run homer in the first inning and Tomonori Maeda collected a pair of hits and drove in three runs.
Swallows 7, BayStars 2
In Yokohama, Alex Ramirez sparked a five-run seventh inning with a bases-loaded single as Yakult rallied to beat the BayStars and claim its third win in a row.
Newly acquired BayStar Ernie Young, formerly of the Arizona Diamondbacks, broke a scoreless deadlock in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run homer before the Swallows rallied from behind in the following inning.
Dragons 5, Giants 4
At the Fukuoka Dome, Kazuyoshi Tatsunami belted a solo home run in the top of the 12th inning as Chunichi edged Yomiuri.
NEW YORK (Kyodo) The Colorado Rockies picked Japanese outfielder Mitsuru Sakamoto out of Arizona Western College in the 24th round of the amateur draft that concluded Wednesday.
Sakamoto, 21, who was 711th overall in the draft, played for Kyusandai Kyushu High School in Fukuoka and was likened to Seattle Mariners all-star outfielder Ichiro Suzuki in an evaluation on the Major League Baseball Web site.
The site described the left-handed batting Sakamoto as having a “large, slender frame,” and a “wiry athletic build. Similar to Ichiro.”
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