• Kyodo


Nagisa Arakaki fanned 10 in his fourth straight game with double-digit strikeouts, becoming only the second rookie pitcher in Japan after Hideo Nomo in 1990 to accomplish the feat as the Daiei Hawks crushed the Orix BlueWave 15-1 in the Pacific League Saturday.

Arakaki (8-7) walked none and yielded just three hits to the 29 batters he faced over the distance and was backed by a 21-hit offense, including a Nobuhiko Matsunaka grand slam off Mac Suzuki (2-6) in the fourth, at Fukuoka Dome. Tadahito Iguchi matched a single-game Japan record with four doubles on a 4-for-4 evening.

“All I did was aim at the catcher’s mitt and didn’t think about how many strikeouts I was getting,” said Arakaki who needed just 107 pitches to improve his strikeout total to 132 — five behind current PL leader Daisuke Matsuzaka of the Seibu Lions.

Buffaloes 8, Lions 3

At Osaka Dome, Kevin Beirne struck out eight and scattered four hits over eight innings and pinch hitter Osamu Hoshino hit a go-ahead RBI groundout in the sixth, as Kintetsu beat Seibu.

Daisuke Matsuzaka, back from the disabled list, allowed one run and a pair of hits in two-thirds of an inning of relief.

Fighters 14, Marines 3

At Tokyo Dome, Satoru Kanemura (5-5) threw six innings of two-run ball and three relievers scattered two hits the rest of the way as Nippon Ham generated 15 hits to beat Chiba Lotte for its third straight win.


Giants 6, Swallows 4

At Jingu Stadium, Roberto Petagine hit an RBI single to turn the game around with two outs in the sixth inning and Mototsugu Kawanaka hit his first homer of the season as Yomiuri came from behind to beat Yakult.

Yuya Kubo (4-3) was charged with three runs — one earned — and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings while striking out seven and recording a wild pitch. Julio Santana got the final two outs for his first save in Japan.

Dragons 15, Tigers 3

At Nagoya Dome, Hanshin leadoff man Makoto Imaoka hit his sixth game-opening homer this year to stretch his hitting streak to 17 games, but Omar Linares and Motonobu Tanishge did more with 4 RBIs each as Chunichi humbled the CL-leading Tigers.

While Masafumi Hirai (5-3) earned the win after allowing two runs in six innings, Trey Moore (10-3) was knocked out in three innings and tagged with his first loss in nearly two months. Reliever Makoto Yoshino walked five straight and Hanshin gave up a season-worst 15 runs.

BayStars 6, Carp 3

Takuro Ishii’s two-run go-ahead clout in the fifth capped a three-run rally and Ryoji Aikawa and Hitoshi Taneda both delivered solo shots to give Yokohama a win over Hiroshima at Kushiro stadium.

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