Hanshin southpaw Kei Igawa pitched a two-hitter to pick up his second shutout win of the season as the Tigers blanked the Chunichi Dragons 5-0 at Koshien Stadium on Saturday.

News photoHanshin manager Senichi Hoshino shakes hands with lefty Kei Igawa, who pitched a two-hit shutout against the Chunichi Dragons in the Tigers’ 5-0 victory on Saturday at Koshien Stadium.

Igawa (14-3) walked none and struck out two in winning his 12th straight decision.

At the plate, Igawa connected for an RBI double in the fourth inning.

CL batting leader Makoto Imaoka hit a two-run triple in the sixth and George Arias whacked a two-run shot in the seventh to wrap up the scoring for Hanshin, which lowered its magic number to 31.

The Dragons suffered their sixth shutout loss of the season.

BayStars 3, Swallows 2

Takashi Saito tossed a four-hitter for his first complete-game victory since May 2000, as Yokohama edged Yakult at Yokohama Stadium.

Saito (4-4), who pitched out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the ninth, walked two and struck out eight.

Lefty Masanori Ishikawa (7-8) gave up two runs on four hits over seven innings and took the loss.

The BayStars tied the game in the fourth inning with Hitoshi Tamura’s RBI single and after two out Hitoshi Taneda doubled home two runs for the go-ahead.

Carp 4, Giants 3 (10)

Itsuki Asai singled home the game-ending run in the bottom of the 10th inning as Hiroshima beat Yomiuri with a “sayonara” victory at Hiroshima Stadium.


Lions 5, Fighters 1

Tomoaki Sato and Alex Cabrera each hit a two-run double in Seibu’s go-ahead four-run fifth as the Lions beat Nippon Ham at Seibu Dome.

Taiwanese right-hander Chang Chih-chia (7-4) gave up one run and nine hits over 6 2/3 innings for the win. He walked two while striking out seven.

BlueWave 10, Hawks 6

Koichi Oshima and Jose Ortiz each went 3-for-4 and Roosevelt Brown drove home four runs as Orix beat Daiei at Yahoo BB Stadium.

Koo Dae Sung allowed three earned runs on eight hits over seven innings and picked up the win.

Buffaloes 2, Marines 1

Jeremy Powell held the visitors to just one run over seven innings as Kintetsu edged Chiba Lotte at Osaka Dome.

Powell (8-10) yielded six hits and three walks in a heated duel against Hiroyuki Kobayashi (4-8), who went the distance for Lotte.

Moore off roster

OSAKA (Kyodo) Hanshin Tigers southpaw Trey Moore was removed from the active roster Saturday after complaining of discomfort in his left elbow, team officials said.

Moore, 30, complained of pain in the elbow during his start Friday in which he took the loss after allowing two runs in four innings against the Chunichi Dragons at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.

Chief trainer Tadao Saruki said an examination would be done on Moore’s elbow in a few days but the former Atlanta Braves pitcher was most likely just suffering from fatigue.

“He hasn’t been pitching very well for the past two months,” manager Senichi Hoshino said.

“When it starts to cool down, I’m sure his condition will improve. We just have to be patient.”

Moore has a 10-4 record in 17 starts so far for his second consecutive season with double-digit wins.

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