Hammies’ Darvish cruises to ninth win


Yu Darvish tossed one-run ball over seven innings Saturday, leading the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters to a 5-1 win over the Hiroshima Carp in interleague action.

Darvish (9-2) allowed three hits, struck out five and walked none and became the first nine-game winner in Japanese baseball.

He retired the first nine batters he faced before yielding a leadoff double to Eishin Soyogi in the fourth and a two-out RBI double by Kenta Kuriyama that tied it 1-1 at Mazda Stadium.

Shinji Takahashi broke the tie with a two-out RBI single off Yuki Saito (4-5) in the fifth and added a two-run single in the seventh.

Dragons 4, Buffaloes 0

At Nagoya Dome, Kazuki Yoshimi pitched his third shutout of the season and Ryosuke Hirata had a pair of RBI extra-base hits, leading Chunichi over Orix.

Yoshimi (6-3) held the Buffaloes to six hits — all singles — with no walks and five strikeouts en route to lowering his ERA to 1.45.

Hirata had an RBI double in the second inning and a run-scoring triple in a two-run sixth off Kazuki Kondo (3-5).

Hawks 11, BayStars 7

At Yokohama Stadium, Yuya Hasegawa hit two of his team’s six homers and drove in five runs as Fukuoka Softbank rallied to beat Yokohama in a 22-hit slugfest.

Hasegawa’s two-run homer in the second tied it 3-3 and Hidenori Tanoue added a solo blast for the lead. Yuichi Honda, Jose Ortiz and Nobuhiro Matsuda also had solo blasts and Hasegawa added insurance with a three-run shot to cap a four-run seventh.

Justin Germano (3-0) allowed three runs and five hits in five innings. Ryan Glynn (2-9) took the loss. Shuichi Murata homered twice and drove in five runs for the BayStars.

Eagles 5, Tigers 2

At Koshien Stadium, Daisuke Kusano and Takeshi Yamasaki hit back-to-back homers in a five-run third inning as Tohoku Rakuten beat Hanshin for its fifth win in six games.

Kusano launched a three-run homer to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead and Yamasaki followed with a shot of his own before Jobu Morita’s RBI double capped the five-run burst against Yuya Ando (4-5).

Satoshi Nagai (5-3) allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings for Rakuten.

Swallows 5, Lions 4 (10)

At Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, Jamie D’Antona homered twice and singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th as Yakult rallied to beat Saitama Seibu for its sixth consecutive win.

D’Antona had a tying solo homer in the second and retired the game with a three-run homer in the eighth before notching his fifth RBI of the night with a one-out, bases-loaded single off Ryoma Nogami (1-3).