Standridge, Fujikawa shut down rival Dragons


Jason Standridge and Kyuji Fujikawa combined on a five-hit shutout as the Hanshin Tigers edged the Chunichi Dragons 1-0 in the opener of their crucial three-game series Tuesday.

Hanshin ended Chunichi’s six-game winning streak and extended its Central League lead to 1 1/2 games.

Standridge (10-2) scattered four hits over seven innings before Fujikawa pitched out of jams in the eighth and ninth at Skymark Stadium.

In the fifth, Matt Murton had a leadoff double and moved to third on a Shunsuke Fujikawa sacrifice bunt before Takashi Toritani’s sacrifice fly.

Chen Wei-yin (11-10) allowed one run in seven innings.

Swallows 6, Carp 5

At Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, Yasushi Iihara hit a walk-off solo homer off Keisuke Imai (0-3) as Yakult rallied to beat Hiroshima.

Yakult tied the game at 5 in the eighth on RBI singles from Shingo Kawabata and Josh Whitesell.

The Swallows’ Lim Chang Yong (1-2) pitched a scoreless ninth.

Giants 6, BayStars 4

At Yokohama Stadium, Tetsuya Matsumoto broke a 4-4 tie with a two-run single in the eighth inning as Yomiuri beat Yokohama to snap its winless streak at five games.

The Giants’ Michihiro Ogasawara reached 30 home runs for the sixth consecutive season with a solo shot in the fifth.

Yokohama blew an early 4-0 lead.


Hawks 3, Eagles 0

At Fukuoka’s Yahoo Dome, Hitoshi Tamura hit a three-run homer and Yang Yao-hsun (2-0) pitched six-plus shutout innings as Fukuoka Softbank handed Tohoku Rakuten its fifth loss in six games.

Tamura’s 23rd home run of the season came against Darrell Rasner (4-10) in the fourth. Takahiro Mahara picked up his 30th save.

Buffaloes 5, Marines 4

At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, So Taguchi hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the seventh inning as Orix rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat Chiba Lotte.

Taguchi’s shot to left off Bill Murphy (11-6) gave the Buffaloes the lead for good at 4-3.

Chihiro Kaneko (15-7) joined Softbank’s Toshiya Sugiuchi as the only 15-game winners in Japan this year after allowing three runs and striking out 11 in eight innings.

Lions 6, Fighters 5

At Seibu Dome, Hiroyuki Nakajima hit a sacrifice fly with no outs in the ninth inning, giving Seibu a sayonara victory over Hokkaido Nippon Ham.

Nakajima singled in two runs in a five-run seventh and finished with three RBIs. Yoshio Itoi homered and drove in three runs for the Fighters.