Chris Holt threw a one-hitter and also scored a run to lead the Yokohama BayStars to a 2-0 victory Saturday afternoon over the Hanshin Tigers.
Holt (6-9) did not allow a walk and struck out five at Yokohama Stadium for his second shutout win of the season. It was the eighth time this season that Hanshin has been blanked.
Hitoshi Tamura and Katsuaki Furuki provided Holt with all the run support he would need with an RBI single in the third inning and a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Giants 6, Dragons 5
At the Tokyo Dome, Yoshinobu Takahashi belted a grand slam in Yomiuri’s six-run second inning and the pennant-winning Giants held on to snap a three-game losing streak with a win over Chunichi.
Yomiuri lefty Kimiyasu Kudo (9-8) gave up four runs over the first four innings, but had plenty of run support to make it through five innings and pick up the win.
Triple crown candidate Hideki Matsui, however, had a quiet evening, going 0-for-4 as his average slipped to .335.
His nearest rival in the CL batting race, Kosuke Fukudome also had an 0-for-4 evening to remain in second place with a .333 average.
Swallows 7, Carp 2
At Hiroshima Stadium, Shugo Fujii struck out 10 over 7 2/3 innings and Noriyuki Shiroishi hit a three-run homer as Yakult rallied to beat the Carp.
Fujii (10-8) held the Carp to five hits and a pair of runs for his 10th win of the season to reach double digits in the win column for the second straight year. Hirotoshi Ishii got the final four outs for the save.
At the plate, Alex Ramirez broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning with an RBI single and then came in on Shiroishi’s blast to cap the five-run outburst for the Swallows.
Lions 6, Hawks 5 (10)
At the Fukuoka Dome, Tom Evans hit a two-run homer in the first inning and slapped an RBI single through the box in the 10th to lift Seibu over Daiei.
Tomoki Hoshino (2-0) picked up the win with two innings of scoreless relief while Kiyoshi Toyoda tied the PL single-season record for saves (35) by working the 10th.
The record was set in 1998 by Akinori Otsuka in 1998 and tied two years ago by Daiei’s Rodney Pedraza.
Meanwhile, Alex Cabrera went 3-for-5 with two singles and a double and while he did not tie the Japanese home run record of 55, the Venezuelan slugger managed to climb into the lead in the PL batting race with a .336 average. Cabrera also leads the league with 54 homers and 114 RBIs.
Fighters 9, Buffaloes 3
At the Osaka Dome, Takaya Hayashi went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and three RBIs as Nippon Ham romped over Kintetsu.
Kuniyuki Kimoto also had a two-run blast for the Fighters and Tsutomu Ishimoto chipped in a solo shot to give Nippon Ham its third win in a row.
BlueWave 3, Marines 0
In Chiba, Scott Sheldon belted a three-run homer in the first inning and Yuki Tanaka made it stand for his first shutout victory in five years as a pro as Orix beat Lotte.
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