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Ace Kenta Maeda threw a five-hit shutout and Ryohei Matsuyama drove in three runs on Friday as the Hiroshima Carp beat the Hanshin Tigers 6-0 in the first game of an enticing three-game series.

The win before 31,476 at Mazda Stadium moved the third-place Carp to within a 1-1/2 games of the second-place Tigers in the Central League standings. Hiroshima remains three games back of the league-leading Yomiuri Giants.

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