Hawks bring down Giants to take interleague lead


Fukuoka Softbank left-hander Kazuyuki Hoashi held the damage to one run over seven sharp innings in a pitching duel against Yomiuri right-hander Tomoyuki Sugano in the Hawks’ 3-1 victory over the Giants on Saturday afternoon.

With their third consecutive victory, the Hawks took over the lead in interleague play.

Hoashi (4-0) scattered six hits, walked one and struck out two. Sugano (8-3) yielded three runs over the distance. He gave up nine hits, struck out eight and walked two.

Lee Dae-ho gave Hoashi some run support with a homer leading off the fourth and Yuki Yoshimura cushioned the lead with a one-out RBI single for a 2-0 advantage at Tokyo Dome.

The Giants pulled one back on Yomiuri captain Shinnosuke Abe’s two-out RBI double in the home half of the inning. Yomiuri put runners on in the fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth but failed to score.

The Hawks added insurance to make it 3-1 on Sugano’s wild pitch in the eighth. Yomiuri’s offense hit into three double plays.

Carp 8, Fighters 4 (6)

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, the Carp took full advantage of an eight-run fifth inning to overcome a four-run deficit en route to beating Hokkaido Nippon Ham in a game called in the top of the sixth inning due to rain. Hiroshima won its fourth in a row.

Rookie Daichi Osera (6-3) won his first decision since May 16.

Swallows 11, Buffaloes 3

At Jingu Stadium, Akinori Iwamura hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the third inning and added insurance with a run-scoring single in the seventh, which featured Ryoji Aikawa’s three-run drive, as Tokyo Yakult pulled away in a romp over Orix.

Brandon Dickson (6-5) took the loss.

BayStars 8, Lions 7 (10)

At Yokohama Stadium, rookie Hiroki Minei delivered a game-winning two-run triple with two out in the 10th inning to lift Yokohama past Seibu.

Yulieski Gurriel, Taketoshi Goto and Hitoshi Tamura each went deep for the BayStars in a contest that featured six home runs.

Marines 8, Dragons 5

At Nagoya Dome, pinch hitter Craig Brazell belted a two-run drive to put Chiba Lotte in the driver’s seat in the eighth inning in a win over Chunichi.

Hideaki Wakui (3-6) allowed three runs in five innings to win his first decision since April 29. Yudai Kawai (2-2) was tagged for the loss.

Eagles 4, Tigers 0

At Hyogo’s Koshien Stadium, 2013 Pacific League Rookie of the Year Takahiro Norimoto (8-4) tossed his fifth shutout of the season, scattering seven hits with no walks as Tohoku Rakuten snapped a four-game losing skid.

John Bowker hit a two-run homer off Tigers starter Randy Messenger (5-7) in the fourth inning.