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Tomoyuki Sugano worked 7-1/3 scoreless innings to earn his eighth victory on Saturday as the Yomiuri Giants held on to beat the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 3-1 in an interleague rematch of last year’s Japan Series contestants.

Yoshiyuki Kamei’s ground RBI single broke a scoreless tie with two outs in the eighth inning and propelled the Giants to victory before a crowd of 23,445 at the Pacific League champions’ home park, Kobo Stadium Miyagi.

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