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Leach, BayStars end Giants' streak at seven


Former Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Brent Leach picked up his first win in Japan as the Yokohama BayStars halted the Yomiuri Giants’ winning streak at seven games with a 5-2 victory on Thursday.

Leach (1-2) allowed two runs, one earned, and seven hits in eight innings, striking out nine and walking one in a 107-pitch outing at Yokohama Stadium.

The last-place BayStars jumped out to a 3-0 lead on an RBI single by Shuichi Murata in the first and a two-run triple from Tatsuya Shimozono in the second, both off Carlos Torres (1-2).

Leach helped his own cause with an RBI double in the fourth. The last-place BayStars finished with 12 hits as eight of the starting nine got at least one hit.

Shun Yamaguchi pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 22nd save.

Backup catcher Kazunari Sanematsu homered leading off the eighth for Yomiuri. The third-place Giants slipped back below .500.

Dragons 1, Tigers 0

At Nagoya Dome, Venezuelan lefty Enyelbert Soto (4-0) pitched seven scoreless innings as Chunichi shut out Hanshin for the straight night.

Masahiko Morino hit a two-out RBI single in the first off Ikketsu Sho (0-1), who went five strong innings in his pro debut. Hitoki Iwase picked up his 17th save.

Carp 4, Swallows 3

At Mazda Stadium, Yoshihiro Maru and Kenta Kurihara drove in two runs apiece as Hiroshima rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat Tokyo Yakult.

Maru hit a solo homer in the second and doubled in the go-ahead run in the eighth. Dennis Sarfate earned his CL-leading 28th save.


Hawks 6, Marines 1

At Yahoo Dome, Nobuhiko Matsunaka went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Shota Oba (4-0) allowed one unearned run in seven innings as Softbank avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of Chiba Lotte.

Hiroki Ueno (2-1) lasted only 3⅔ innings. The Japan Series champion Marines dropped to fourth in the PL standings for the first time since July 18.

Buffaloes 5, Eagles 1

At Kyocera Dome, Mitsutaka Goto hit one of his team’s three home runs and finished with three RBIs as Orix beat Tohoku Rakuten to extend its unbeaten streak to six games, including a tie.

Yuki Nishi (6-5) threw his first career complete game and won for the first time since June 4. Rakuten managed just three hits and dropped its seventh straight game.

Lions 9, Fighters 4

At Seibu Dome, Hideto Asamura had a pair of two-run singles, leading Seibu past Hokkaido Nippon Ham.