Veteran Fumiya Nishiguchi gave up one run on five hits over eight solid innings Saturday as the Seibu Lions downed the Chiba Lotte Marines 3-1.
Nishiguchi struck out only two Chiba Lotte batters at Chiba Marine Stadium but picked up his 10th win of the season in a 97-pitch effort. Shinji Mori retired the side in the ninth for his second save of the season as the Japan Series champion Lions snapped a seven-game skid, their longest in five years.
Shogo Akada hit a solo homer in the first inning and drove in a run in the fifth to lead the Seibu attack.
Hawks 3, Buffaloes 1
In Fukuoka, Tony Batista hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning and Tsuyoshi Wada worked eight strong innings as Softbank beat Orix to stretch its winning streak to 11 games.
Batista doubled off Jeremy Powell (6-8) to the right-center gap to score Mitsuru Homma and Munenori Kawasaki, who had hit a leadoff single and walked, as the Hawks moved 30 games over .500 and opened up a 2.5-game lead over the Chiba Lotte Marines in the league standings.
Wada (9-4) held Orix to a run and three hits in eight innings while striking out five and walking three. Takahiro Mahara worked the ninth to pick up his seventh save.
Eagles 7, Fighters 6
At Fullcast Stadium, pinch-hitter Koichi Oshima drove in three runs with a bases-clearing triple in the bottom of the ninth to lift Rakuten to a walk-off win over Hokkaido Nippon Ham.
Tigers 5, BayStars 4 (11)
At Yokohama Stadium, Shinjiro Hiyama doubled to lead off the 11th inning and scored on Atsushi Fujimoto’s RBI single as Central League-leading Hanshin rallied twice to beat the BayStars.
Following his double to right in the top of the 11th, Hiyama moved to third on a sacrifice groundout and Fujimoto followed with a single to center off Takeharu Kato (3-4) to break a 4-4 deadlock
Giants 6, Carp 1
At Tokyo Dome, Kazuhiro Kiyohara and Yoshinobu Takahashi homered and Scott Mullen pitched seven strong innings, helping Yomiuri to beat Hiroshima for its third straight victory.
Swallows 9, Dragons 4
At Jingu Stadium, Akinori Iwamura and Atsuya Furuta each drove in a pair of runs to lead Yakult over Chunichi.
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