Taiwanese pitcher Chang Chih-chia tossed a one-hitter Saturday to lead the Seibu Lions to a 3-0 victory over the Chiba Lotte Marines.
Chang (4-2), who set a Japanese record of 28 consecutive innings with strikeouts in August last year, struck out 10 and walked just two batters in his 113-pitch outing before a crowd of 27,000 at Chiba Marine Stadium.
Chang got at least one strikeout in all but the first inning. Lotte’s only hit came on a double by Takashi Kita in the third.
Venezuelan slugger Alex Cabrera belted a solo home run in the second inning for his 18th homer of the season. Shortstop Kazuo Matsui chipped in with a double in the eighth inning and designated hitter Taketoshi Goto went 2-for-3 at the plate and drove in a pair of runs.
Fighters 13, BlueWave 4
At Tokyo Dome, veteran Yukio Tanaka went 4-for-5 and belted a two-run homer in the fifth inning to lead Nippon Ham over Orix.
Michihiro Ogasawara, D.T. Cromer and Ken Yamada also went deep for the Fighters.
Nippon Ham sent 12 batters to the plate in a six-run seventh inning and snapped its losing skid after four games.
Nippon Ham starter Hiroyuki Sekine (3-0) picked up the win after holding the BlueWave to three runs on seven hits over five innings.
Hawks 3, Buffaloes 2
At Fukuoka Dome, Kazumi Saito improved to 8-2 after giving up two runs on seven hits over eight innings as Daiei edged Kintetsu.
Jeremy Powell (5-7) took the loss despite striking out nine over eight innings.
Osamu Hoshino hit a two-run homer off Saito in the top of the ninth to pull the Buffaloes to within a run but reliever Shuji Yoshida came in to record the final three outs for his second save.
Dragons 11, BayStars 2
At Yokohama Stadium, Hirokazu Ibata hit homers in back-to-back at-bats to highlight a 16-hit offense with six homers for Chunichi, which scored six runs in the last two innings to crush the slumping BayStars.
Masahiro Yamamoto (2-3) allowed two runs and four hits while striking out five and walking one in five innings and four relievers combined on a two-hitter the rest of the way in the game featuring a total of 10 pitchers.
Takayuki Onishi belted a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Masahiko Morino followed with another two-run homer in the top of the ninth.
Ivan Cruz and So Tsutsui also homered for the Dragons.
Carp 12, Swallows 3
In Fukushima, Shigeru Morikasa and Yoshiyuki Ishihara both hit two-run homers to lead Hiroshima over Yakult.
Itsuki Asai hit a solo homer in the fourth inning and added a three-run blast in the ninth to complete the rout.
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Petagine out of surgery
Yomiuri Giants outfielder Roberto Petagine, who was deactivated with an injury May 13, has undergone surgery in the United States to remove water from his left knee, officials of the Central League club said Saturday.
Petagine left Japan on Thursday to receive treatment in the U.S. and was diagnosed with inflammation in his knee at a hospital in Houston.
Club officials said Petagine, who will return to Japan on Monday, will likely be out of action for 10 days to two weeks, depending on the progress of his rehabilitation.
The 32-year-old Venezuelan slugger aggravated the injury during a practice Tuesday and decided to seek treatment abroad.
Petagine, who has been sidelined with various injuries this season, has hit 10 homers with 24 RBIs in 33 games.
Hamanaka hurts joints
TAKARAZUKA, Hyogo Pref. (Kyodo) Hanshin Tigers outfielder Osamu Hamanaka, who was diagnosed with a dislocated right shoulder on Friday, also has damaged joints in the same arm, officials of the Central League club said Saturday.
Hamanaka was removed from the active roster Saturday and is not expected back until after the All-Star break. The officials also said there is a possibility he will have to undergo surgery on the shoulder.
“We’ll decide if he needs surgery after seeing how he progresses,” the team’s chief trainer Tadao Saruki said.
Hamanaka hurt the shoulder when he barehanded a double hit by Shinnosuke Abe in a game against the Yomiuri Giants on Friday. He had been batting .273 with a team-high 48 RBIs, 11 homers and 48 hits in 55 games.
Meanwhile, infielder George Arias, who has been out of the lineup due to an intestinal virus, was reactivated Saturday while middle reliever Tetsuro Kawajiri was called up from the minors for the first time this season.
Guzman off roster
YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) Yokohama BayStars right-hander Domingo Guzman has been taken off the active roster after he was diagnosed with inflammation of muscles in his lower back, officials of the Central League club said.
Yokohama manager Daisuke Yamashita said that Guzman, who underwent a checkup at a Yokohama hospital, has only a light injury on the left side of his back but that he would require at least 10 days to recover.
Guzman is 4-6 with a 4.70 ERA in 12 games this season.
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