Terahara throws first career shutout


Hayato Terahara pitched a two-hitter for his first career shutout and Nobuhiko Matsunaka ignited the offense with an RBI single in the first inning as the Softbank Hawks beat the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 5-0 on Sunday.

News photo Chunichi Dragons catcher Motonobu Tanishige hits a two-run homer off Hanshin Tigers reliever Yuya Ando
to break a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning on Sunday at Kyocera Dome. The Dragons won 4-2.

Terahara (3-4) walked three consecutive batters in the first but rebounded from the shaky start to carry a no-hitter into the sixth and ended up allowing just two singles in the Pacific League game at Yahoo Dome.

The right-hander, playing in his fifth season in professional baseball, struck out two, walked three and retired 15 straight batters during one stretch en route to his first win since May 6.

Lions 7, Marines 4 (12)

At Chiba Marine Stadium, pinch-hitter Hisashi Takayama hit a tiebreaking two-run triple in the top of the 12th inning as Seibu downed Lotte in 12 innings to post its fifth win in six games and become the first team in Japanese baseball to reach 50 wins this season.

With one out and runners on the corners, Takayama drove the first pitch from Soichi Fujita into the gap in right-center to break a 4-4 tie and Hiroshi Hirao followed with an RBI single.

Buffaloes 5, Eagles 3

At Sendai’s Fullcast Stadium, Hirotoshi Kitagawa went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, leading Orix over Tohoku Rakuten for its third win in four games.


Dragons 4, Tigers 2

At Kyocera Dome, Motonobu Tanishige hit a two-run tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning as league-leading Chunichi hung on for a win over second-place Hanshin.

Tyrone Woods put the Dragons on the board with a leadoff blast in the second for his second home run in as many games and 21st of the season.

Giants 4, Swallows 3

At Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, Kenji Yano hit a ninth-inning leadoff homer off Shingo Takatsu (1-2) to break a 3-3 tie, lifting Yomiuri to its second win in a row after a nine-game skid.

Carp 4, BayStars 2

At Yokohama Stadium, Shigenobu Shima and Tomonori Maeda homered as Hiroshima mounted a late rally and beat the BayStars to avoid a three-game sweep.