Midseason acquisition Chris Holt scattered three hits over the distance and lifted the lowly Yokohama BayStars over the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants 3-0 at the Tokyo Dome on Tuesday.
In his eighth appearance, Holt (4-3) walked three and did not let a runner past second base for his first shutout and fourth victory overall.
BayStars outfielder Ernie Young broke a 0-0 deadlock in the fourth inning with an RBI single to left field off Yomiuri starter Masumi Kuwata (4-6).
Yokohama solidified its lead in the ninth with Hirofumi Ogawa’s two-run homer off reliever Chung Min Tae.
Kuwata held Yokohama to one run on five hits over seven innings in a losing effort as Yomiuri saw its win streak come to a halt at eight.
Dragons 3, Swallows 0
Third-year righty Kenta Asakura notched his first pro shutout victory, holding Yakult to three hits for his sixth win as Chunichi beat the Swallows at Jingu Stadium.
Tigers 3, Carp 0
Keiichi Yabu combined with two relievers on a five-hitter as Hanshin sent Hiroshima to its seventh shutout loss of the year with a win at Koshien Stadium.
Lions 6, Fighters 1
Seibu shortstop Kazuo Matsui drilled a three-run homer to cap a four-run second inning and Fumiya Nishiguchi pitched six solid innings for his ninth win as the Lions beat Nippon Ham at the Seibu Dome.
Hawks 4, Marines 3
Veteran outfielder Koji Akiyama nailed an RBI single for the go-ahead run in Daiei’s two-run seventh as the Hawks came from behind to beat Lotte at Chiba Marine Stadium.
Buffaloes 2, BlueWave 2 (12)
Trailing Orix 2-0 in the bottom of the ninth, Koichi Isobe doubled home a run and Kenshi Kawaguchi had a pinch-hit sacrifice fly for Kintetsu’s game-tying run.
MLB draftee to try out
KOBE (Kyodo) Collegiate baseball all-American Mark Schramek, the top pick of the Cincinnati Reds in the entry-level draft earlier this summer, will arrive in Japan on Wednesday to take part in a tryout for the Orix BlueWave, officials of the club said Tuesday. Schramek hit .416 for the University of Texas at San Antonio.
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