Hisashi Iwakuma went the distance Saturday as the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles downed the Chiba Lotte Marines 5-2.
Iwakuma, who improved to 6-8 on the season, gave up two runs on six hits at Sendai’s Fullcast Stadium as the Eagles snapped a three-game skid.
Veteran Takeshi Yamasaki, who went 3-for-4 at the plate, doubled in a run in a four-run seventh inning and connected for a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth to lead the Rakuten offense.
Shunsuke Watanabe gave up five runs on 10 hits over 7 2/3 innings to take the loss for the Marines, who have struggled since finishing first in interleague play last month.
Lions 4, Hawks 0
At Invoice Seibu Dome, Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched his second complete-game shutout of the season as the Seibu Lions ended the Softbank Hawks’ 15-game winning streak.
Matsuzaka struck out 14 while allowing five hits with no walks.
Alex Cabrera hit a two-run homer off Tsuyoshi Wada to give Seibu a 2-0 lead in the fifth. He also had a run-scoring single in a two-run seventh.
Fighters at Buffaloes — ppd.
Dragons 3, Tigers 2
At Nagoya Dome, Kazuyoshi Tatsunami connected for a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Chunichi to a walkoff victory over front-running Hanshin.
Kosuke Fukudome and Kazuki Inoue hit solo homers in the first and second innings before the Tigers’ Tomoaki Kanemoto tied the game with a solo shot of his own in the top of the third inning.
Carp 9, Giants 8
At Hiroshima Stadium, Takahiro Arai went 4-for-5 and drove in four runs to lead Hiroshima to a win over Yomiuri.
Arai hit his league-leading 24th homer in the bottom of the eighth to give the Carp a 7-6 lead. The Giants scored a pair of runs in the top of the ninth, but Arai drove in a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth to seal the win.
BayStars vs. Swallows — ppd.
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