Shohei Tateyama pitched seven solid innings and extended his winning streak to 13 decisions dating back to last August, leading the Tokyo Yakult Swallows to a 9-3 victory over the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles on Friday.
Tateyama (7-0) became the first seven-game winner in the Central League after holding Rakuten to two runs and three hits in interleague play at Jingu Stadium.
Yakult took a 2-0 lead in the third inning when Kazuki Fukuchi and Norichika Aoki had consecutive RBI hits.
Shinya Miyamoto hit a solo home run and Keizo Kawashima added a two-run homer in a four-run fourth that put the Swallows ahead 6-1.
Satoshi Nagai (3-3) was roughed up for six runs in four innings. Pacific League batting leader Daisuke Kusano drove in two runs with a homer and a sacrifice fly.
Giants 5, Fighters 2
At Tokyo Dome, Yomiuri jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and Dicky Gonzalez threw 6 2/3 effective innings in beating Hokkaido Nippon Ham.
Central League leader Yomiuri strung together six hits, including RBI singles from Michihiro Ogasawara and Noriyoshi Omichi, in the first off Shugo Fujii (4-3).
Gonzalez (6-0) allowed two runs and seven hits while striking out seven and walking none. The right-hander has won all six of his starts for the Giants and has not walked one batter.
Marc Kroon closed out the ninth for his ninth save, first since May 17.
Carp 4, Hawks 1 (7)
At Mazda Stadium, Kenta Kurihara doubled in two runs to highlight a four-run sixth-inning rally as Hiroshima beat Fukuoka Softbank in a game called in the seventh because of rain.
Eishin Soyogi had a tying single and Kurihara’s double gave Hiroshima a 3-1 lead. The Carp picked up their eighth win in nine games, while the Hawks lost for only the second time in 12 games.
Tigers 4, Buffaloes 0
At Koshien Stadium, Craig Brazell hit a two-run homer and Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi combined with two relievers on a seven-hit shutout as Hanshin handed Orix its third loss in a row.
Brazell broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning with a shot to left off Chihiro Kaneko (5-4) in his Tigers debut. Keisuke Kano added a two-run triple in the eighth.
Dragons 2, Marines 1
At Nagoya Dome, Tony Blanco hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning, leading Chunichi over Chiba Lotte for its third straight win.
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