Tateyama fires six-hit shutout


Swallows right-hander Shohei Tateyama had a highlight in what has been a disappointing season on Saturday when he went the distance in Tokyo Yakult’s 1-0 victory over the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Dome.

The Swallows managed just two hits in eight innings against Dragons right-hander Shinji Iwata (5-4), and cashed in on their only real scoring opportunity against him in the fourth.

Lastings Milledge drew a leadoff walk, went to third on a single by Kazuhiro Hatakeyama, and came home on a sacrifice fly by Shingo Kawabata.

Chunichi squandered its best chance of the day in the first inning, when Tateyama (8-8) doubled up Masahiko Morino after back-to-back, one-out singles.

Tateyama allowed six hits and two walks, while striking out three in his first complete game of the season.

“It was a great pitcher’s duel,” said Tateyama. “I haven’t been contributing, so today was important for me. Now I have to capitalize on this and carry something over to the next game.”

Carp 8, Tigers 3

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Hiroshima returned to the .500 mark with its third straight win. Yoshikazu Kura doubled in two runs to bring the Carp from behind in a three-run sixth, and Soichiro Amaya hit a two-run, inside-the-park homer in the seventh.

The Hiroshima bullpen provided 5-2/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Yuya Fukui, and former closer Dennis Sarfate (2-4) picked up the win as the Tigers shot themselves in the feet with a pair of errors.

BayStars 5, Giants 4 (10)

At Yokohama Stadium, Yokohama snapped a three-game losing skid when Yoshitomo Tsutsugo doubled in the tie-breaking run in the bottom of the 10th to propel the BayStars to a sayonara victory over Yomiuri.

Yokohama closer Shun Yamaguchi (1-2), who allowed the Giants’ Shinnosuke Abe to tie it in the top of the ninth with his 18th homer, picked up the win in relief. Alex Ramirez went 3-for-4 for the BayStars and drove in two runs.


Eagles 2, Fighters 1

At Sendai’s Kleenex Stadium, Tohoku Rakuten’s Shintaro Masuda drove in Ginji Akaminai with the tying run in the bottom of the ninth against Hokkaido Nippon Ham closer Hisashi Takeda (4-4), and Kazuo Matsui knocked in the winning run as the Eagles walked off winners.

The comeback took Rakuten starter Brandon Duckworth off the hook for the loss in his Japan debut. The right-hander allowed one run in six innings.

The Fighters loss dropped them into second place in the Pacific League.

Lions 10, Buffaloes 5

At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Seibu moved back into first place with its third straight win. The Lions opened the scoring in a four-run second on Esteban German’s two-run double and a two-run single by Shogo Akiyama.

Veteran southpaw Kazuhisa Ishii (9-4) allowed two runs in 5-1/3 innings to get the win. Orix starter Satoshi Komatsu (2-4) allowed eight runs in two-plus innings as Orix guaranteed itself a losing record against Seibu for the seventh straight season.

Marines 4, Hawks 1

At Chiba’s QVC Marine Field, Chiba Lotte snapped a three-game losing streak behind seven shutout innings from right-hander Doug Mathis (1-2), who earned his first win in Japan by beating Fukuoka Softbank.

Tadahito Iguchi singled in a run in the third to give the Marines the lead. The hosts made it 2-0 in the sixth on two walks and a Hawks error.