Daisuke Matsuzaka (10-1) combined with two relievers on a four-hitter, striking out 10 for his Pacific League-leading 10th win as the Seibu Lions blanked the Orix BlueWave 2-0 at Seibu Dome on Sunday.
It was Seibu’s seventh straight win and sixth against the Orix, which lost its 22nd straight Sunday game.
With the win, the Lions climbed into second place in the standings.
Matsuzaka walked one and allowed four hits over seven innings. Shinji Mori worked the eighth and Kiyoshi Toyoda pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save.
Alex Cabrera hit a solo shot in the second inning and Taisei Takagi added a run in the sixth with an RBI double.
Orix hurler Hiroshi Kobayashi (1-4) held the Lions to two runs on five hits over the distance in a losing effort.
Hawks 4, Marines 2 (11)
Motoi Okoshi singled home Kenji Jojima from second for the tie-breaking run in the 11th and Daiei added another run in the inning as the league leader downed Lotte at Chiba Marine Stadium.
Masato Watanabe hit an RBI triple in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game for the Marines and force extra innings.
Fighters 1, Buffaloes 0 (10)
Pinch-hitter Kazuteru Shimada singled home a run to break a 0-0 deadlock in the top of the 10th inning to give Nippon Ham a victory over Kintetsu at Osaka Dome.
Tigers sweep Giants
Tomoaki Kanemoto hit a two-run clout and Hanshin lefty Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (3-2) pitched six-plus solid innings for the win as the Tigers beat the Yomiuri Giants for the second straight night, 5-4 at Tokyo Dome on Sunday.
The win opened up an 11-game lead in the Central League standings.
“I think a lot of us came into the (two-game) series thinking we need to win at least one game, so I am very happy that we were able to win both games,” said Kanemoto, who hit a two-run dinger off Giants starter Hiroshi Kisanuki (4-3) to cap a three-run first.
“But we are not even half way through the season and it is much too early to talk about game differences or anything like that,” Kanemoto said.
Up 3-0, the Tigers widened the lead in the third inning. With two outs, Shinjiro Hiyama reached first with an infield single. George Arias followed with a double before Akihiro Yano cleared the bases with a two-run single.
The Giants made it 5-2 in the sixth with Takayuki Shimizu’s two-run homer off Shimoyanagi, and Yomiuri scored two more runs in the seventh with but that was as close as the home team got.
Shimoyanagi (3-2) allowed three earned runs on six hits as Hanshin extended its win streak to five. Closer Jeff Williams pitched the ninth for his league-leading 19th save.
Carp 6, Dragons 3
Kojiro Machida drove home three runs and Yasushi Tsuruta (2-1) scattered four hits over six innings as Hiroshima downed Chunichi at Akita Prefectural Stadium.
Swallows 6, BayStars 0
Yuya Kamada (1-2) tossed a six-hitter over the distance, fanning nine and walking none and did not let a runner past second as Yakult shut out Yokohama at Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium.
Up 3-0 in the third, Ken Suzuki nailed a two-run homer off Shinya Goto (0-2). In the fifth, Ryuji Miyade cracked a solo shot to wrap up the scoring.
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