KOBE – Jose Fernandez and Hiroyuki Nakajima drove in two runs apiece Wednesday as the Seibu Lions edged the Orix Buffaloes 6-5 and reduced their magic number to five for clinching the Pacific League title.
Fernandez singled in two runs to give Seibu a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning. Nakajima highlighted a four-run third with a two-run homer at Skymark Stadium.
Masamitsu Hirano (4-4) allowed one run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.
“I didn’t pitch well in my previous start, so I was determined to turn in a solid outing tonight,” Hirano said. “I had plenty of early run support. I was able to pitch with confidence.”
Hawks 9, Marines 0
At Chiba Marine Stadium, Tsuyoshi Wada pitched seven shutout innings to join Orix’s Chihiro Kaneko as the only 16-game winners in Japan as Fukuoka Softbank routed Chiba Lotte.
Wada (16-8) scattered seven hits and struck out nine. Hiroki Kokubo and Hitoshi Tamura each drove in two runs. Shunsuke Watanabe (8-8) lasted only two innings.
Fighters 7, Eagles 5
At Sapporo Dome, Shota Ono and Daikan Yoh drove in five runs between them as Hokkaido Nippon Ham ended Tohoku Rakuten’s winning streak at three games.
Brian Wolfe (4-3) won his third straight start with six effective innings. Shingo Matsuzaki (1-1) took the loss.
Giants 5, Swallows 2
At Jingu Stadium, Edgar Gonzalez hit a three-run double in the sixth inning, leading Yomiuri over Tokyo Yakult.
Yomiuri took over second place from Hanshin. Tetsuya Utsumi (9-8) allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings. Yoshinori Sato (10-9) gave up four runs in 6 2/3 innings.
BayStars 7, Tigers 5
At Yokohama Stadium, Yokohama jumped on Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (7-8) for seven early runs.
Kenjiro Tanaka (1-0) picked up his first career win, allowing three runs in six-plus innings.
Dragons 6, Carp 5
At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Masaaki Koike broke an eighth-inning tie with a pinch-hit single.
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