Hurler Maeda guides Carp to sixth straight victory


The Hiroshima Carp resumed the regular season with a bang on Friday, cruising to their sixth straight victory in a 6-0 whitewash of the Yokohama BayStars.

Kenta Maeda (7-4), who allowed three hits, struck out nine and walked two, led the way over seven shutout innings. The right-hander won his first decision this season on the road after being 0-for-4. It was the first time second-place Hiroshima won six in a row this season.

Shoichi Ino (8-4) took the loss after allowing four runs — two earned — in six innings.

Soichiro Amaya had an RBI single to open the scoring in the third and Yoshikazu Kura added insurance with a one-out solo blast — his first homer since Oct. 5, 2012 — in the fifth.

Rainel Rosario hit a sac fly and Shogo Kimura an RBI single before pinch-hitter Takahiro Iwamoto capped the scoring with a two-run drive in the eighth. The last-place BayStars shot themselves down by committing five errors.

Tigers 2, Dragons 2 (12)

At Koshien Stadium, pinch hitter Kentaro Sekimoto had a game-tying RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning as Hanshin played out a 12-inning tie against Chunichi.

Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who returned after nearly three months since suffering a rib fracture at the start of the season, was 0-for-5.


Buffaloes 6, Marines 0

At Chiba’s QVC Marine Field, Chihiro Kaneko (6-3) tossed seven scoreless innings on the way to winning his fourth consecutive decision and Takahiro Okada hit two of his team’s three homers off Takahiro Fujioka (4-4) as PL leader Orix blanked Chiba Lotte.

Lions 3, Hawks 1

At Seibu Dome, Kazuhisa Makita threw six quality innings of one-run ball, Shogo Akiyama and Ginjiro Sumitani both homered to drive in their team’s three runs, and Seibu beat Fukuoka Softbank to snap a three-game skid.

Eagles 7, Fighters 2

At Sapporo Dome, Tohoku Rakuten posted its first three-game winning streak since the start of the season, buoyed by six innings of two-run ball from Wataru Karashima (5-7).

Luis Mendoza (3-8) yielded five runs in 4-2/3 innings of the defeat.