Yoshimi silences BayStars to lead Chunichi


Kazuki Yoshimi pitched one-run ball over six solid innings and Masahiko Morino and Hirokazu Ibata each homered as the Chunichi Dragons downed the Yokohama BayStars 3-1 on Sunday.

Morino had a leadoff shot in the second inning and Ibata’s homer leading off the sixth broke a 1-1 tie at Yokohama Stadium. Motonobu Tanishige added insurance with an RBI double in the seventh.

Yoshimi (3-0) scattered seven hits, struck out four and walked two and relievers Takashi Ogasawara and Hitoki Iwase combined in the final three innings with Iwase earning his sixth save with a perfect ninth. Daisuke Miura (1-2) took the loss.

Tigers 4, Swallows 2

At Jingu Stadium, Tomoaki Kanemoto went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs and Naohisa Sugiyama yielded one run over five effective innings as Hanshin held off Tokyo Yakult.

Kanemoto hit a two-run drive off Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi (1-2) in the first inning to move just two shy of his 400th career home run and followed Takahiro Arai’s RBI single with a run-scoring single of his own in the seventh.

Sugiyama (1-1) allowed three hits, struck out four and walked none. Tomoyuki Kubota and Kyuji Fujikawa teamed up to finish off Yakult in the final three frames and Fujikawa earned his league-leading 10th save, striking out three in the ninth.

Carp 5, Giants 4

At Hiroshima Stadium, Akihiro Higashide and Alex Ochoa had back-to-back RBI singles and Tomonori Maeda hit a sacrifice fly to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning as Hiroshima beat Yomiuri.

Colby Lewis (3-2) limited the damage to two runs in seven innings, striking out eight and walking none at Hiroshima Stadium. Yoshiyuki Ishihara hit a solo homer to pad the lead in the sixth and drove in two runs on 3-for-4 hitting.

Michihiro Ogasawara and Shigeyuki Furuki both hit two-run homers but it was not enough for Yomiuri. Koji Uehara (0-3) was charged with four runs in five innings.


Lions 4, Eagles 3 (10)

At Sendai’s Kleenex Stadium, Yasuyuki Kataoka hit a triple and scored on a Koji Aoyama (1-1) wild pitch with one out in the 10th inning, lifting Seibu past Tohoku Rakuten.

Craig Brazell hit his league-leading 10th homer — a two-run shot in the first — and struck out in his other four at-bats. Tetsuya Iwasaki (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth for the win and Alex Graman picked up his sixth save after pitching the 10th.

Takeshi Yamasaki hit a solo drive for Rakuten, which snapped an eight-game winning streak since opening day at its home stadium.

Marines 6, Buffaloes 0

At Tokyo Dome, Yoshihisa Naruse threw eight shutout innings and got plenty of run support as Lotte blanked Orix.

Shunichi Nemoto opened the scoring with a run-scoring triple with two out in the fifth and Shoitsu Omatsu, Tasuku Hashimoto and Toshiaki Imae each homered in a five-run sixth.

Hawks 4, Fighters 2

At Sapporo Dome, Nobuhiko Matsunaka drove in three runs to help back Tsuyoshi Wada, who allowed two runs over 7 1/3 innings en route to ending Softbank’s three-game losing streak.