Koji Uehara and two relievers combined on a seven-hit shutout Sunday as the Yomiuri Giants ended the Chunichi Dragons’ seven-game winning streak with a 3-0 win in the Central League.
Uehara (6-5) scattered five hits, all singles, with no walks and six strikeouts in seven innings at Tokyo Dome against a Chunichi lineup missing Tyrone Woods and Kazuhiro Wada, who were left out of the starting order after the Dragons clinched the third and final playoff spot on Saturday.
Takahiro Suzuki homered leading off the bottom of the first and Shinnosuke Abe also hit a solo homer off Taiwanese left-hander Chen Wei-yin (7-6) in the fourth.
Michihiro Ogasawara provided insurance in the eighth with his third home run in as many games.
Marc Kroon escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth by retiring Woods, who was making a pinch-hit appearance, on a game-ending double play for his CL-leading 39th save.
Carp 7, BayStars 2
At Yokohama Stadium, Kenta Kurihara hit a pair of solo homers and Scott Seabol also drove in two runs as Hiroshima routed Yokohama, ensuring the Carp will finish fourth in the league.
Kenta Maeda (9-2) held the bottom-dwelling BayStars to two runs over eight innings. Rookie right-hander Atori Ota (0-2) took the loss and Shuichi Murata hit his CL-leading 43rd home run with a solo shot for Yokohama.
Tigers 8, Swallows 3
At Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, Takashi Toritani doubled in two runs to spark a five-run fourth inning as Hanshin beat Yakult and held a half-game lead over the Yomiuri Giants in a tight race for the CL title.
A two-run double by Kazuhiro Hatakeyama in the sixth and a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch to Keizo Kawashima in the seventh drew the Swallows within 5-3, but Aarom Baldiris pushed Hanshin’s lead back to five runs in the ninth with a three-run homer.
Shunsuke Ishikawa (2-0) had a no-hitter until Kawashima singled with two outs in the sixth. The rookie right-hander allowed two runs and three hits in six innings.
Kyuji Fujikawa, pitching for the ninth consecutive game, earned his 37th save with two perfect innings. Ryo Kawashima (7-8) took the loss.
Eagles 8, Hawks 0
At Sendai’s Kleenex Stadium, Hisashi Iwakuma picked up his 21st win of the season and Takeshi Yamasaki hit a pair of two-run homers as Tohoku Rakuten trounced Softbank in an effort to avoid a last-place finish.
Iwakuma (21-4) allowed just three hits and a walk in six innings. Akihiro Fujii opened the scoring with an RBI single in the fourth and Yamasaki helped the Eagles push the lead to 6-0 by going deep in the sixth and seventh.