Yamamoto, Donoue lift Dragons over BayStars

Staff Report

Masahiro Yamamoto turned in a vintage performance on the mound to lead the Chunichi Dragons past the Yokohama BayStars 1-0 on Monday at Nagoya Dome.

The 46-year-old Yamamoto (2-0) allowed two hits, struck out five and walked none over seven shutout innings against the last-place BayStars.

Setup man Takuya Asao worked the eighth and closer Hitoki Iwase nailed down his 11th save of the season in the ninth.

Takehiro Donoue provided the offense with a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh.

Swallows 7, Carp 1

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Tokyo Yakult posted back-to-back three-run frames in the sixth and seventh innings to help make a winner out of starter Shohei Tateyama (3-0).

Swallows infielder Shinya Miyamoto finished with a pair of hits, bringing his career total to 1,996, and drove in two runs.

Tigers 0, Giants 0 (11)

Hanshin reliever Daiki Enokida allowed Yomiuri to load the bases to begin the ninth then got out of the jam with three straight outs.


Eagles 2, Fighters 1

At Sendai’s Kleenex Stadium, Luis Garcia led off the bottom of the seventh with a solo homer and an error at third by Hokkaido Nippon Ham’s Eiichi Koyano allowed Tohoku Rakuten to score the go-ahead run.

Takahiro Shiomi (3-2) tossed seven innings of one-run ball to pick up the win and Darrell Rasner worked the ninth for his sixth save of the season.

Marines 4, Hawks 3

At Chiba’s QVC Marine Field, Shoitsu Omatsu sparked a three-run inning with his two-run single in the fourth to spoil the debut of Hawks pitcher Kodai Senga.

Marines rookie Takahiro Fujioka gave up three runs and struck out three to improve to 3-1 on the season.

Buffaloes 5, Lions 4

At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Aarom Baldiris hit a sayonara homer to give the Buffaloes a victory over the Lions.

Seibu stormed out to a 4-0 advantage before Orix got back in the game with a three-run sixth then evened the score on Lee Dae Ho’s solo shot in the seventh.