YOKOHAMA – Seth Greisinger pitched one-run ball over six innings, setting the pace as the Yomiuri Giants handed the Yokohama BayStars their season-opening sixth loss in a row in a 9-2 rout on Thursday.
Greisinger (1-1) surrendered a game-tying solo homer to Yuki Yoshimura, who is batting cleanup for injury-hit Shuichi Murata, in the second but settled down later, allowing four hits with six strikeouts and a walk in Central League action at Yokohama Stadium.
Michihiro Ogasawara had four RBIs, giving the Giants the lead with his second RBI double in the third and adding a two-run double in a four-run seventh. Kazunari Tsuruoka went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in the eighth for Yomiuri, which won its third straight.
Carp 4, Tigers 2
At Koshien Stadium, Masayuki Hasegawa pitched five effective innings and four relievers held off Hanshin in a close contest.
Hasegawa (1-0) yielded one run and three hits. Katsuhiro Nagakawa allowed runners on second and third with two out in the ninth but escaped the jam for his third save.
Masato Akamatsu had a run-scoring single in the third, stole second and scored on Akihiro Higashide’s triple for a 2-0 lead against Shunsuke Ishikawa (0-1) before Hanshin cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the frame.
Swallows 10, Dragons 7
Lions 13, Buffaloes 6
At Seibu Dome, Takeya Nakamura went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs as Seibu beat Orix in a 31-hit slugfest.
Nakamura’s two-run double ignited a four-run first inning and the Lions built an 11-0 lead after three innings. The 2008 PL home run leader added a solo shot in the sixth.
Takayuki Shimizu had a three-run homer among his three hits for Seibu, which had at least one hit from every starter and outhit Orix 17-14.
Eagles 2, Hawks 1
At Kleenex Stadium, Satoshi Nagai threw eight innings of one-run ball as Tohoku Rakuten edged Softbank to pick up its fifth win in six games.
Nagai (1-0) struck out a career high-tying 10 and scattered four hits with a walk. Takeshi Yamasaki hit a solo home run to tie the game in the second inning and the Golden Eagles went ahead in the third on a wild pitch from Kenji Otonari (0-1).
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