SAPPORO – Yu Darvish threw seven shutout innings and got loads of run support as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters thumped the Orix Buffaloes 10-1 in the Pacific League on Friday.
Darvish (4-1) scattered four hits, all singles, struck out four and walked one before handing the game over to the bullpen.
Atsunori Inaba keyed a five-run fifth with a two-run triple and the Fighters batted around in the next frame to add another five runs to deflate any chance of a rally at Sapporo Dome.
Inaba was one of four players who drove in two runs and Shinya Tsuruoka had a double and triple on a 2-for-4 night. Shinya Nakayama (0-3) was charged with four runs in 4 1/3 innings of the loss.
Hawks 4, Lions 3
At Fukuoka’s Yahoo Dome, Jose Ortiz hit a game-winning two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Softbank to a win over Saitama Seibu.
Trailing by one, Ortiz hit a 2-1 offering to deep center off of Alex Graman (0-2) with one out and a runner on first to rescue his team from defeat.
Rookie Tadashi Settsu (1-2) escaped a bases-loaded jam with two outs in the ninth and picked up his career first win.
Marines 4, Eagles 3
Giants 10, Dragons 4
At Tokyo Dome, Michihiro Ogasawara and Lee Seung Yeop both homered and had three hits apiece to help power Yomiuri to its third in a row as the Central League leader moved a season-high 10 games above .500.
Ogasawara hit a three-run homer in the opening frame and Lee, who drove in four runs, added a two-run shot two innings later as the Giants took a 5-0 lead through the third. Alex Ramirez had an RBI single among his three hits.
Seth Greisinger (4-2) picked up the win despite allowing four runs and 10 hits in six innings of work.
BayStars 2, Tigers 0
At Yokohama Stadium, Daisuke Miura pitched a two-hitter en route to his first shutout of the season as Yokohama downed Hanshin.
Miura (4-2) struck out six and walked one in a 128-pitch outing. He did not allow a runner to reach second base and held batters hitless from the fifth inning.
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