NISHINOMIYA, Hyogo Pref. – Takashi Toritani drove in the tiebreaking run on a two-out single in the seventh inning as the Hanshin Tigers staved off the Chunichi Dragons in a 4-3 win in the Central League on Thursday.
Toritani had a two-run homer in the opening frame against Takuya Asao (1-2) and singled in the seventh followed by Tomoaki Kanemoto’s RBI double to make it 4-2 at Koshien Stadium.
Scott Atchison (1-0) got the win in relief and closer Kyuji Fujikawa worked the ninth for his second save. Hanshin was winless in its last five games, including one tie.
Swallows 6, Giants 2
At Jingu Stadium, Keizo Kawashima had a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning as Yakult beat Yomiuri to pick up its first win in three games.
Shohei Tateyama (1-0) limited the damage to two runs and five hits in seven innings, striking out eight with no walks.
Shinya Miyamoto added an RBI triple followed by a Ryoji Aikawa sacrifice fly for insurance in the sixth. Michihiro Ogasawara hit a pair of solo blasts and went 3-for-4 for the Giants, who saw their undefeated streak end at eight games, including two ties.
BayStars 2, Carp 1 (10)
Lions 12, Hawks 5
At Yahoo Dome, Takeya Nakamura hit a pair of three-run homers among his three hits, leading Seibu past Softbank.
Nakamura went deep in consecutive at-bats in the fifth and seventh innings after Hiroshi Hirao’s two-run homer off Kenji Otonari (0-2) put the Lions ahead 5-4 in the fourth.
Fumiya Nishiguchi (2-0) picked up the win after allowing five runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Fighters 7, Buffaloes 1
At Sapporo Dome, Masaru Takeda posted his first career complete-game win as Hokkaido Nippon Ham romped over Orix.
Takeda (1-0) allowed one run and six hits, striking out six without a walk. Shinya Nakayama (0-1) was charged with six runs in five innings.
The Fighters turned a 1-0 deficit into a 4-1 lead in the second on RBI grounders from Tomohiro Nioka and Kensuke Tanaka, followed by a two-run throwing error by Hirotoshi Kitagawa.
Eagles at Marines — late.
Matsuzaka on DL
OAKLAND , Calif. (Kyodo) The Boston Red Sox said Wednesday they have placed Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 15-day disabled list due to a mild right shoulder strain.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Matsuzaka will be looked at on Friday.
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