Sugiuchi improves to 11-2, picks up first win since late July


Hisayoshi Chono and Hayato Sakamoto both had three hits, Toshiya Sugiuchi allowed two runs over 5-2/3 innings, and the Yomiuri Giants routed the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 8-2 on Friday night.

Sugiuchi (11-2), making his first start since Aug. 16 after returning from an injured left shoulder, allowed just one earned run, scattered six hits, struck out five and walked one at Jingu Stadium.

His command not entirely back, Sugiuchi got a little help from his batterymate and captain Shinnosuke Abe, who threw out a runner trying to steal second to end the fourth.

“Everyone helped out on defense and I could stay in the game,” said Sugiuchi, who won for the first time since July 27. “The most important thing was setting the pace of the game after coming back from this time off.”

Swallows lefty Katsuki Akagawa (6-7) allowed four runs — three earned — to take the loss, while the Giants matched a season high with their 16 hits.

Dragons 1, Tigers 0

At Nagoya Dome, Masahiko Morino homered with two outs in the fifth inning off Hanshin’s Jason Standridge (6-11), and Yudai Ono went seven scoreless innings as Chunichi managed its second straight shutout.

Ono (4-2) scattered three hits — all singles — and got the win for the first time since Aug. 7. Daisuke Yamai picked up his 10th save.

BayStars 1, Carp 0

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, 21-year-old right-hander Yuki Kuniyoshi pitched a three-hitter in his first career shutout to earn his first win since Aug. 11, and Takayuki Kajitani had a two-out run-scoring triple in the fourth inning as Yokohama downed Hiroshima.

Kuniyoshi (3-10), whose complete game was his first as a pro, struck out four and walked three in an efficient 92-pitch outing. Keisuke Imai (2-6) took the loss after allowing one run and seven hits in seven innings.


Fighters 2, Buffaloes 1

At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, August’s monthly MVP Mitsuo Yoshikawa went the distance in a 13-strikeout effort, and Sho Nakata hit a two-run homer in the opening inning as Hokkaido Nippon Ham held off Orix.

Lefty Yoshikawa (12-4), who won the MVP award the same day, won his fifth consecutive start allowing only Aarom Baldiris’ RBI single in the second. He walked one and threw 110 pitches. Kei Igawa (2-7) was tagged with the loss for the Buffaloes, who saw their winning streak end at four games.

Eagles 1, Lions 0

At Sendai’s Kleenex Stadium, Kazuya Fujita broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the fifth inning, lifting Tohoku Rakuten past PL leader Seibu.

Wataru Karashima (6-5) yielded two hits, struck out three and walked three over seven effective innings. Seibu starter Ryoma Nogami (7-4), who had won his last six decisions, took the loss.

Hawks 4, Marines 1

At Fukuoka’s Yahoo Dome, Softbank’s Tomoaki Egawa had a banner night against Chiba Lotte, going 4-for-4 with a two-run, go-ahead home run in the fourth inning, and Nagisa Araki (6-3) limited the damage to one run on two hits in seven innings in his first start since June 30.

Egawa singled in the second, gave the Hawks a 2-1 lead with his blast in the fourth, singled in the sixth and tripled in the eighth. Yoshihisa Naruse (11-9) gave up four runs and nine hits in 6-1/3 innings.

The Marines lost six straight for the second time this season.