CHIBA – Masahiro Tanaka had his scoreless streak snapped at 16 innings but settled for his second straight complete-game win as the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles edged the Chiba Lotte Marines 2-1 on Tuesday.
Tanaka (2-0) struck out 10 and scattered three hits with three walks and a hit batter in Pacific League action at Chiba Marine Stadium.
Rakuten took a 2-0 lead on an RBI single by Daisuke Kusano in the fourth inning and a run-scoring double from Yosuke Takasu in the fifth, both off Shunsuke Watanabe (0-1).
Kazuya Fukuura broke up Tanaka’s shutout bid with a two-out RBI single to right-center, but pinch runner Keisuke Hayasaka was tagged out at home plate trying to score the tying run from first.
Lions 5, Hawks 3
At Kumamoto’s Fujisakidai Stadium, Hiroshi Hirao singled in two runs and Takayuki Kishi threw eight effective innings as Seibu beat Softbank to notch its fourth win in five games.
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At Sapporo Dome, Tuffy Rhodes drove in three runs with a single and his fourth homer of the season as Orix held off a late Hokkaido Nippon Ham charge for its fourth win in a row.
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At Mazda Stadium, Takehiro Ishikawa singled in two runs in a four-run sixth inning and Hayato Terahara threw seven-plus innings of one-run ball, leading Yokohama over Hiroshima.
Terahara (1-1) allowed four hits and struck out nine.
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