Yoshimi goes distance as Dragons down Giants


Chunichi’s Kazuki Yoshimi maintained his mastery over the Yomiuri Giants on Wednesday night, when he held them to a run on six hits, helping the Dragons snap a three-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory at Nagoya Dome.

Yoshimi (9-4) improved to 3-1 with a 1.46 ERA against in five starts against the Giants this season. The 28-year-old struck out six and walked a batter en route to his fifth complete game of the year and his second against Yomiuri.

The right-hander escaped a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the first inning when he got Shuichi Murata to ground into an inning-ending double play, and his teammates seized control of the game in the home half.

Kazuhiro Wada singled in a run in the bottom of the inning after a leadoff walk and an error on shortstop Hayato Sakamoto. A second run scored on a double play grounder.

The hosts came back for three more in the bottom of the second, when Masahiro Araki led off with a double. Wada singled him home and scored on Masahiko Morino’s triple. Veteran catcher Motonobu Tanishige capped the rally with a sacrifice fly.

The Giants scored in the fourth, when Shinnosuke Abe reached the seats with his 15th home run of the year. The homer was just the third allowed by Yoshimi this season.

Carp 5, Swallows 2

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Carp rookie Yusuke Nomura (8-6) allowed a run in eight innings to earn his first victory in a month and snap a personal three-game losing streak with a victory over Tokyo Yakult.

Hiroshima, which increased its lead over the fourth-place Swallows to 1.5 games, scored four runs off Swallows right-hander Yuki Shichijo (1-2) in two innings.

Brad Eldred broke the ice in the first with an RBI double, and Shota Dobayashi delivered a sacrifice fly.

Yoshihiro Maru’s two-run homer in the second provided all the scoring Nomura would need.

BayStars 11, Tigers 5

At Yokohama Stadium, Sho Aranami broke open a one-run game in the second with a three-run triple, setting Yokohama on the way to a one-sided win over Hanshin as the BayStars got solo homers in the third inning by Taketoshi Goto and fellow Yokohama High School alumni Yoshitomo Tsutsugo in the fifth.

Yokohama southpaw Shugo Fujii (7-2) allowed two runs on six hits and two walks in five innings for the win.

Tigers right-hander Jason Standridge (5-9) allowed six runs in three innings.


Lions 9, Buffaloes 3

At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Seibu’s Esteban German delivered a three-run, first-inning triple and lefty Yusei Kikuchi (2-1) worked into the seventh inning in a win over last-place Orix.

The victory was the Lions’ third straight and lifted them into second place in the Pacific League.

Hiroyuki Nakajima drove in three runs for Seibu with a third-inning solo homer and a two-run single in a five-run fourth. Orix matched the Lions’ 11 hits but did not hit in the clutch the way Seibu did off Orix starter Kei Igawa (2-5). The lefty gave up eight runs, all earned, in three-plus innings.

Hawks 7, Marines 0

At Fukuoka’s Yahoo Dome, Softbank’s Tadashi Settsu (11-5) threw three-hit ball over six innings and moved into a tie for the PL lead in wins as three Hawks relievers completed the three-hit shutout that knocked Chiba Lotte into third place.

The hosts took the lead with three runs in the second, when Yuki Yanagita belted a two-run homer, and a Marines error contributed to another run off Lotte right-hander Kazunari Abe (0-1). The 23-year-old allowed five runs, four earned, in 4 1/3 innings.

Fighters 2, Eagles 0

At Sendai’s Kleenex Stadium, Nippon Ham starter Tomoya Yagi went to the mound with a two-run lead but was ejected when he hit the second batter he faced in the head. Six Fighters relievers filled in and completed the four-hit shutout.

Tohoku Rakuten starter Manabu Mima (6-6) gave up nine hits in seven innings, but four came in the Fighters’ two-run first.

Four consecutive one-out singles by Kensuke Tanaka, Yoshio Itoi, Sho Nakata and Atsunori Inaba produced all of Nippon Ham’s runs.