SAPPORO – Taketoshi Goto went 2-for-3 with three runs and Daisuke Matsuzaka went the distance for the first time this season as the Seibu Lions defeated the Orix BlueWave 6-1, sending the cellar-dwellers to their third straight loss in the Pacific League on Monday.
Goto’s two-run double keyed a five-run sixth inning followed by a two-run homer by Toru Hosokawa, his first as a pro, at Sapporo Dome. Hosokawa went 4-for-4 with two runs.
Matsuzaka (2-1) turned in a solid performance on 138 pitches, scattering seven hits while striking out 11 batters for the win. Orix starter Koo Dae Sung (0-2) took the loss.
While Orix jumped to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on Yoshitomo Tani’s double, Seibu tied the game in the second on a double by Goto before erupting for five runs in the sixth.
Fighters 3, Hawks 2
At Fukuoka Dome, pinch hitter Kazuteru Shimada belted a three-run homer off Toshiya Sugiuchi (2-2) in the ninth as Nippon Ham rallied to beat Daiei.
Surgery for Fujii
Yakult Swallows left-hander Shugo Fujii said Monday he will undergo surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left elbow around May 1.
Fujii, who will likely be out of action for a few years, told reporters: “I had been wondering whether to undergo the surgery or not (for a long time) because if I go ahead (with the surgery), I would not be able to pitch at least one year and may not be able to . . . next year either.”
Fujii, who first hurt the elbow in spring training camp earlier this year, had to leave the mound in the middle of the third inning in an April 2 game against the Chunichi Dragons. He was later diagnosed with a torn ligament in the elbow.
Yoshimi off Yokohama roster
Yokohama BayStars ace hurler Yuji Yoshimi has been removed from the active roster due to his sluggish performance so far this season, team officials said Monday.
While the 24-year-old left-hander won the team’s opener on March 28 against the Hanshin Tigers, he was sent to the showers in his following three outings with an 8.18 ERA.
Giants’ Eto to return
Yomiuri Giants infielder Akira Eto, who has been playing with a minor league squad since April 11 due to his hitless streak in 17 at-bats since the late March season opener, will return to the top team this week, team officials said Monday.
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