SENDAI – Eishin Soyogi drove in three runs and the Hiroshima Carp took advantage of a surprisingly shaky outing by Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles ace Hisashi Iwakuma in a 5-4 victory to extend their winning streak to five games on Sunday.
Kan Otake (5-1) limited the damage to two runs in six innings in interleague play en route to winning his fifth consecutive decision.
The right-hander had his scoreless streak snapped at 43 innings when he yielded a two-out solo homer to Takeshi Yamasaki in the sixth.
“I think I pitched well against a team with momentum. I thought that how I pitch after I give up the first run would be important,” Otake said.
Soyogi had an RBI single to open the scoring in the third and Iwakuma allowed another run on an attempted pickoff at first, throwing the ball away for an error. Soyogi added a two-run double to cap a three-run fourth.
“I knew we had to capitalize on limited run-scoring chances against a pitcher like him,” said Soyogi, the 2006 Central League Rookie of the Year.
Iwakuma (5-3), who lost his previous start against the Yomiuri Giants on May 23, yielded five runs — four earned — and five hits with three walks in four innings. He retired the first seven batters he faced before the meltdown.
Lions 3, Giants 2 (10)
At Seibu Dome, Yutaro Osaki broke a 2-2 tie with a single in the bottom of the 10th as Saitama Seibu downed Yomiuri in a walkoff win.
Osaki singled with runners at the corners and two outs off Marc Kroon (0-1), who also allowed the tying run on Takumi Kuriyama’s two-out single in the ninth. Chikara Onodera (2-2) won in relief.
Swallows 7, Marines 1
At Chiba Marine Stadium, Ryo Kawashima pitched one-run ball over seven innings and Tokyo Yakult broke out the bats in a rout of Chiba Lotte.
Kawashima (4-3) allowed five hits, struck out five and walked none. Yuta Omine (2-3) was charged with seven runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Norichika Aoki went 2-for-4 and drove in four runs for the Swallows.
Buffaloes 3, BayStars 0
At Kobe’s Skymark Stadium, Yoshihisa Hirano threw his first shutout in two seasons and Naoyuki Omura drove in two runs as Orix beat Yokohama.
Hawks 5, Dragons 4
At Fukuoka’s Yahoo Dome, Munenori Kawasaki delivered a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, lifting Softbank over Chunichi for its sixth “sayonara” win this season.
Fighters 4, Tigers 4 (12)
At Sapporo Dome, Hanshin reliever Ryo Watanabe escaped a two-out, bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the 12th by getting Hokkaido Nippon Ham third baseman Eiichi Koyano to pop out as the two teams played out a tie.
Tomoaki Kanemoto hit a tying solo homer leading off the eighth. Hanshin pounded out 17 hits but stranded 12 runners.
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