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Nagisa Arakaki pitched a three-hitter and struck out 11 for his second complete-game shutout in three starts as the Softbank Hawks edged the Orix Buffaloes 1-0 in the Pacific League on Sunday.

News photoFighters rookie Yu Darvish pitches against the Rakuten Golden Eagles at Sapporo Dome on
Sunday. Darvish tossed his first career complete-game shutout as Nippon Ham downed Rakuten
12-0.

Arakaki (9-6) held Orix to three singles, including two by Karim Garcia, and walked just one at Yahoo Dome en route to winning his third straight start and his first shutout since his four-hit, 14-strike effort against the Seibu Lions on Sept. 4.

Pinch-hitter Noriyoshi Omichi drove home the only run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

The Hawks increased their lead over the Lotte Marines back to five games in the league standings. Both teams have already secured their spots in the postseason playoffs.

Fighters 12, Eagles 0

Rookie Yu Darvish pitched his first career complete-game shutout with a two-hitter and Fernando Seguignol provided support with five RBIs as Nippon Ham sent last-place Rakuten to its sixth loss in a row with a rout at Sapporo Dome.

Seguignol hit RBI singles in the first and second and keyed a six-run third with a three-run homer as the Fighters built a 12-0 lead after three innings. Makoto Kaneko also homered and Kuniyuki Kimoto went 3-for-5 with three RBIs.

Darvish (4-5) struck out six and walked two in a 123-pitch outing for his first win in three starts. Rakuten rookie Yasuhiro Ichiba (1-9) lasted only 1 1/3 innings and was charged with five runs.

Lions 8, Marines 3

Alex Cabrera and Jose Fernandez delivered key RBI hits and Minoru Yamagishi pitched 5 1/3 perfect innings in relief to post his first career win at Chiba Marine Stadium, helping Seibu snap Lotte’s three-game winning streak.

Cabrera put Seibu on the board with an RBI double off Kosuke Kato (2-3) in the first and Fernandez made it 2-0 with a run-scoring single in the third. Cabrera and Fernandez added RBI doubles in a four-run ninth that gave the Lions an 8-0 lead.

Yamagishi (1-1) retired the 16 batters he faced with six strikeouts after replacing Seibu starter Akira Miyakoshi, who left the game after being struck by a hard-hit ball from Tomoya Satozaki in his right elbow with two outs in the second.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Tigers 11, Swallows 5

Akihiro Yano homered in back-to-back at-bats and rookie hurler Atsushi Nomi held Yakult to three runs over seven solid innings for his first win since May 8 as Hanshin downed the Swallows at Koshien Stadium.

With the win, coupled with the second-place Dragons’ loss, the Tigers lowered their “magic number” for clinching the pennant to eight games. The earliest Hanshin could win the CL is in Kurashiki on the 23rd.

Carp 10, Dragons 8

Shigenobu Shima and Kenta Kurihara combined for eight RBIs as Hiroshima edged Chunichi at Hiroshima Stadium, handing the Dragons their fourth straight loss.

BayStars 4, Giants 3

Ryoji Aikawa ripped a single into the right-center field in the bottom of the ninth to bring home the winning run as Yokohama won its fourth straight game with a “sayonara” victory over Yomiuri at Tokohama Stadium.

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