• The Associated Press


Shuichi Murata hit a grand slam and Yoshihiro Doi went the distance Wednesday as the Yokohama BayStars trounced the struggling Yomiuri Giants 8-0.

News photoNippon Ham Fighters baserunner Shigeyuki Furuki collides with Chiba Lotte Marines catcher
Tomoya Satozaki to slide home safely in the fourth inning Wednesday at Chiba Marine Stadium.
The Fighters won 9-5.

Murata gave the BayStars a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning at Yokohama Stadium with a blast into the right field stands off Yomiuri starter Tetsuya Utsumi. Masaaki Koike added a two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth to widen the lead.

Doi held the Giants to eight hits while striking out four Yomiuri batters for the first complete-game shutout of his career as Yokohama won their fourth straight game.

“I didn’t think I’d be able to go all the way,” said Doi. “But I got a lot of run support and had good control of my pitches.”

Utsumi took the loss after giving up five runs on seven hits over five innings as the Giants lost their second straight game.

Tigers 4, Dragons 2 (12)

At Osaka Dome, Takashi Toritani hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 12th inning to lift Hanshin to a walkoff victory over Chunichi.

With the victory the Central League-leading Tigers opened up a four game lead over the second-place Dragons.

Carp 10, Swallows 2

At Hiroshima Stadium, Koichi Ogata hit a pair of solo homers and Takahiro Arai added a two-run blast to power Hiroshima to a win over Yakult.

Carp starter Tom Davey picked up the win after holding the Swallows to just three hits over six scoreless innings.


Hawks 5, Eagles 4

At Fullcast Stadium, Tony Batista went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs and Kenji Jojima connected for a two-run homer in the fifth inning as Softbank edged Rakuten.

Koichi Isobe drove in a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to pull the Eagles to within a run but Softbank reliever Takahiro Mahara recorded the final three outs in the ninth to nail down the win for Kazumi Saito, who improved to 7-0.

Lions 9, Buffaloes 6

At Invoice Seibu Dome, Yoshihito Ishii drove in a pair of runs with a single up the middle as Seibu scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning on its way to a win over Orix.

Seibu starter Kazuyuki Hoashi picked up the win despite giving up five runs on 14 hits over 5 1/3 innings. Kiyoshi Toyoda worked the final inning for the save.

Fighters 9, Marines 5

At Chiba Marine Stadium, veteran Yukio Tanaka hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to lift the Hokkaido Nippon Ham to a win over Pacific League-leading Chiba Lotte, which has lost two straight.

Fernando Seguignol doubled in a pair of runs on the top of the third when the Fighters took a 4-2 lead. With the loss, the Marines saw their lead over the Softbank Hawks reduced to 1 1/2 games.

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