Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts, including three in the ninth inning, for his fourth straight complete game win and first shutout victory in two years as the Seibu Lions blanked the Chiba Lotte Marines 4-0 in the Pacific League on Sunday.
After Alex Cabrera hit his 10th homer of the season in the sixth to open the scoring, Matsuzaka (5-1) yielded his one and only hit of the day to Takashi Tachikawa, who doubled to deep center with two out in the seventh at Chiba Marine Stadium. Matsuzaka walked two and hit one batter.
All of Matsuzaka’s fastballs in the final frame recorded over 150-kph, including a 156-kph pitch to cleanup hitter Jose Fernandez. He now leads the league with a 1.19 ERA after seven games.
Buffaloes 7, BlueWave 2
At Osaka Dome, Hirotoshi Kitagawa, Eiji Mizuguchi and Tuffy Rhodes each homered off Koo Dae Sung (1-4) in the sixth inning to give the team a seven-run lead and Masahiro Abe went 3-for-3 with an RBI to carry Kintetsu past Orix.
Fighters 5, Hawks 1
At Fukuoka Dome, Hiroshi Narahara and Michihiro Ogasawara hit back-to-back RBI singles to highlight a four-run second inning as Nippon Ham, featuring eight right-handed batters in the starting lineup, beat Daiei despite five stolen bases by the home team.
Tigers 12, BayStars 1
At Yokohama Stadium, Trey Moore (6-0) played hero again as he allowed just one run in six innings and connected for a two-run single to contribute to a 16-hit offense as Hanshin routed the BayStars.
Carp 5, Swallows 2
At Hiroshima Stadium, Ken Takahashi (4-0) overcame a sore leg and threw his second straight complete game with no walks as the Carp downed Yakult, sending the latter back to .500 with an 18-18 record.
Dragons 6, Giants 5
At Tokyo Dome, Kazuyoshi Tatsunami tied the game on a lucky RBI single which bounced off the glove of setup man Hideki Okajima (2-2) in the eighth inning and Tadaharu Sakai drove home the winning run on a squeeze bunt as Chunichi edged Yomiuri.
Hiroyuki Watanabe, who started in place of struggling Ivan Cruz, went 3-for-4 with three RBIs while Shigetoshi Yamakita (3-0) got the win and Eddie Gaillard escaped a two-out, one-on situation in the ninth for his 10th save this season.
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