NISHINOMIYA, Hyogo Pref. – Atsushi Nomi pitched one-run ball over six innings before handing the game over to the bullpen as the Hanshin Tigers spoiled the Yomiuri Giants’ shot at winning their fourth consecutive league championship in a 3-1 win on Wednesday.
Nomi (6-0) allowed six hits — all singles — struck out three and walked two. Kyuji Fujikawa worked the ninth for his 28th save. Dicky Gonzalez (5-13) was chased in 2 2/3 innings at Koshien Stadium.
Katsuhiko Saka had a tying RBI triple after a Kentaro Sekimoto leadoff single in the third, which also featured Matt Murton’s sac fly and Takahiro Arai’s RBI single.
The idle front-running Chunichi Dragons can clinch the league title as early as Friday, if Hanshin loses its next two games against the Yokohama BayStars and Hiroshima Carp, respectively.
Carp 12, BayStars 4
At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Shigenobu Shima hit a game-tying three-run homer in the fourth inning and Hiroshima batted around in a six-run fifth against last-place Yokohama on the way to snapping a three-game losing streak.
Ren Nakata (1-1) got his career first win. Shigeru Kaga (3-11) took the loss.
Lions 4, Eagles 1
At Sendai’s Kleenex Stadium, Hideto Asamura hit a two-run homer off Yasunori Kikuchi (1-1) and Takayuki Kishi threw six shutout innings against Tohoku Rakuten en route to his first win since June 22.
Kishi (10-6) posted double-digit wins for the fourth year in a row with Seibu. Jose Fernandez had a solo blast and Takeya Nakamura added an RBI double for Seibu.
Marines 3, Buffaloes 2
At Chiba Marine Stadium, Kim Tae Kyun had a tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth inning and a wild pitch by Orix reliever Yuji Maeda added insurance in the eighth in Chiba Lotte’s win over Orix.
Tatsuya Uchi (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings in relief for his second win in as many days and Hiroyuki Kobayashi picked up his 29th save. Masayuki Hasegawa (0-3) took the loss.
Lotte is tied for third with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in its bid for a spot in the Climax Series playoffs.
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