Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi scattered three hits over the distance and struck out 11 en route to his first shutout victory in two years as the Hanshin Tigers downed the Yakult Swallows 8-0 at Koshien Stadium on Friday, to lower their magic number to 13.
George Arias homered for the second straight night, hitting a two-run homer in the second off Swallows lefty Masanori Ishikawa (8-10).
Tigers right fielder Kenichiro Hayakawa went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
Giants 5, Carp 2
Koji Uehara (13-3) held Hiroshima to two runs on a homer by Takahiro Arai in the ninth en route to winning his seventh straight complete-game decision as Yomiuri beat the Carp at Hiroshima Stadium.
Roberto Petagine had three hits while Yoshinori Murata connected for a sacrifice fly in the second, and a solo homer in the sixth off Hiroshima starter Tom Davey (3-1).
BayStars 4, Dragons 2
Daisuke Miura combined with two relievers on a five-hitter as Yokohama snapped its losing streak at three with a win over Chunichi at Nagoya Dome.
Miura (5-4) allowed two runs on five hits and struck out six.
Eddie Gaillard, acquired from Chunichi in July, pitched the final inning for his 17th save.
Buffaloes 8, Fighters 3
Norihiro Nakamura belted a solo homer to ignite a four-run first inning and Hisashi Iwakuma limited Nippon Ham to one run over seven innings as Kintetsu beat the Fighters at Osaka Dome.
Fighters lefty Itsuki Shoda (5-11) was tagged for four runs on five hits over 2 2/3 innings.
Marines 10, Hawks 4
Jose Fernandez hit his 22nd home run and three other Marines homered as Lotte downed Daiei at Chiba Marine Stadium.
Lions 7, BlueWave 3
Kazuhiro Wada had two RBIs and Tomoaki Sato and Scott McClain belted back-to-back homers in a four-run seventh as Seibu beat Orix at Seibu Dome.
Kenichi Toriyabe pitched five scoreless innings for his first career win while closer Kiyoshi Toyoda got the final out to earn his 100th career save.
Skrmetta heads for U.S.
FUKUOKA (Kyodo) Daiei Hawks right-hander Matt Skrmetta, who has been suffering from a right shoulder injury, left Japan for the United States on Friday to undergo a medical checkup, officials of the Pacific League club said.
Skrmetta had gone to the U.S. last month after he was diagnosed with inflamed muscles in the same shoulder. The 30-year-old is scheduled to negotiate his contract for next season after receiving the results of his medical.
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