FUKUOKA – Yoshiaki Fujioka carried a two-hitter over six shutout innings as the Softbank Hawks beat the Yokohama BayStars 3-0 to win their fourth in a row on Wednesday at Fukuoka’s Yahoo Dome.
Fujioka (1-0) struck out three and walked three, retiring 12 in a row at one point en route to winning his first career decision as a starter. The Hawks have won 10 of their last 11 for the best performance in interleague play.
Hitoshi Tamura capped a two-run first with an RBI single and Hidenori Tanoue had a leadoff homer in the second for Fukuoka. Les Walrond (3-4) took the loss for the BayStars, which lost their fifth straight.
Lions 8, Swallows 1
At Seibu Dome, Hiram Bocachica hit a grand slam to break open a one-run ballgame as the Lions extended their undefeated streak to four games, including one tie, in a thumping of Tokyo Yakult.
Hideaki Wakui (6-2) took a shutout into the ninth inning and went the distance in a nine-strikeout effort. He allowed one run, five hits — all singles — and walked two.
Takumi Kuriyama had a sacrifice fly to give Seibu a 1-0 lead in the third and Bocachica went deep, jumping all over a full-count forkball by Masao Kida (3-3), with two out and the bases loaded to make it 5-0 in the fourth. Kuriyama added a solo blast in the fifth.
Tigers 3, Eagles 2
At Sendai’s Kleenex Stadium, Hanshin rallied in a three-run eighth inning on consecutive RBI hits by Ikuro Katsuragi, Keisuke Kano and Keiichi Hirano, and held off Tohoku Rakuten to snap a three-game skid.
Trailing 1-0, Katsuragi had a tying single, followed by Kano’s go-ahead triple and an RBI single by Hirano for a 3-1 lead off Golden Eagles starter Masahiro Tanaka (7-1).
Yuya Ando (4-4) limited the damage to one run in seven strong innings.
Fighters 7, Carp 2
At Sapporo Dome, Hichori Morimoto broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI double with none out in the eighth inning and Yoshio Itoi capped the five-run uprising with a three-run homer as Nippon Ham went on to snap Hiroshima’s seven-game winning streak.
Itoi also had a double and run-scoring single to come a triple shy of hitting for the cycle on a four RBI night. The Carp took leads of 1-0 and 2-1 before Itoi’s single tied it in the sixth. Yoshinori Tateyama (2-2) won in relief and Ryuji Yokoyama (1-3) took the loss.
Giants 1, Marines 1 (12)
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