Lions’ Kishi slams door on Buffaloes


Takayuki Kishi threw a three-hit shutout en route to winning his sixth consecutive decision as the Seibu Lions beat the Orix Buffaloes 1-0 on Sunday afternoon.

Kishi (8-5) allowed a double and two singles and struck out four, while not issuing a walk in a 123-pitch outing at Kyocera Dome. Brandon Dickson (5-6) yielded one run in 7-1/3 innings of the loss.

“They (the batters) always bail me out,” Kishi said. “Today my intent was to pitch well enough that I wouldn’t have to lean on them. I was able to concentrate on the hitters.”

Pacific League RBI leader Hideto Asamura had an RBI single in the first inning for the sole run. Kishi retired 18 in a row after Keiichi Hirano opened the bottom of the first with a double and went to third on a throwing error with no outs. The Lions took two of three in the series.

“That’s the way you’re supposed to pitch at this point in the season. Our pitchers should take a notice,” Buffaloes manager Hiroshi Moriwaki said.

Marines 5, Fighters 1

At Sapporo Dome, Yoshifumi Okada went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs, Tomohisa Otani (1-2) pitched five innings of one-run ball, and Lotte routed lefty Mitsuo Yoshikawa (6-10) and last-place Nippon Ham.

Okada gave Lotte insurance with a two-out, bases-loaded RBI single in the seventh and added a run-scoring single in the ninth, which also featured a Hisao Heiuchi RBI double. Otani scattered four hits, walked two and hit a batter.

Eagles 10, Hawks 6

At Kleenex Stadium, Rakuten built an early lead with a five-run first, featuring a Shintaro Masuda two-run double, and piled more damage on late to beat Softbank.

Eagles starter Brandon Duckworth got the hook in just 2-2/3 innings after a sudden lapse allowed Softbank to rally for five runs to come within one through the third. Hawks starter Sho Iwasaki (1-4) got chased in one shaky inning. Takashi Saito (3-0) won in relief.

Central League

Tigers 1, Dragons 0, 10 innings

At Nagoya Dome, Matt Murton came to the rescue with an RBI double in the 10th inning as Hanshin took the rubber match of a three-game set with Chunichi.

Shintaro Fujinami (8-4) went nine innings of two-hit ball in a match-up against Daisuke Yamai. Captain Takashi Toritani drew a two-out walk off Toshiya Okada (5-5). Murton, 0-for-3 with a walk in the game up to that point, doubled off the wall in left center, and Toritani scored all the way from first.

Giants 6, Carp 1

At Mazda Stadium, Tomoyuki Sugano threw seven innings of one-run ball against Hiroshima, helping the Giants extend their unbeaten streak to six games to lower their magic number to 37.

Sugano (10-3) struck out five and walked one. Hisayoshi Chono had an RBI single in the first inning and Shuichi Murata led off the third with his 19th homer of the year — his seventh in the month of August. Hiroshima lost its fourth in a row and will have a majority of losses against Yomiuri for the fifth straight year.

BayStars 13, Swallows 7

At Komachi Stadium, Takayuki Kajitani went 5-for-6 with a two-run drive and two runs scored in DeNA’s 21-hit onslaught as the BayStars snapped a nine-game skid.

Tony Blanco drove in five runs on 3-for-4 hitting. Wladimir Balentien, who is chasing the single-season home run record of 55 held by Sadaharu Oh, Tuffy Rhodes and Alex Cabrera, hit a solo shot for his 40th homer and had three RBIs.