Player-coach Daisuke Miura allowed four hits over eight innings and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo homered twice to lift the Central League-leading Yokohama BayStars to a 2-0 win over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows on Wednesday.
The 41-year-old Miura improved to 2-0 in two starts this season, both against Yakult. The right-hander walked two batters and struck out four, while going 1-for-4 at the plate before 18,752 at Jingu Stadium.
Tsutsugo opened the scoring with a two-out solo shot in the third off Nagisa Arakaki (1-3), and the BayStars’ 23-year-old captain added another leading off the fifth, his ninth of the season.
The win left Yokohama three games clear atop the CL standings.
Rookie phenomenon Yasuaki Yamasaki struck out one in a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his 17th save.
Tigers 1, Giants 0
At Hyogo Prefecture’s Koshien Stadium, Shintaro Fujinami (3-4) struck out 10 in a two-hitter for his first career shutout, and Mauro Gomez singled in the game’s only run off Kan Otake (1-2) as Hanshin defeated Yomiuri.
Dragons 11, Carp 6
At Toyohashi Stadium, Anderson Hernandez had a two-run double in a four-run sixth inning and a three-run home run to blow the game open in the eighth as Chunichi overcame a 5-0 deficit to beat Hiroshima.
The Carp’s Nate Schierholtz went 4-for-5 with two homers in a losing effort.
Marines 7, Lions 6
At Saitama’s Seibu Prince Dome, Ikuhiro Kiyota went 4-for-5 with two homers and Alfredo Despaigne hit a three-run, seventh-inning double for Chiba Lotte.
Rhee Dae-eun (5-1) allowed three runs over six innings to earn the win.
Hawks 3, Buffaloes 2
At Fukuoka’s Yafuoku Dome, six pitchers combined to allow just two runs in a win over Orix, with Softbank reliever Edison Barrios recording a hold in his 17th consecutive game, tying the NPB record set by former Hanshin Tiger Kyuji Fujikawa.
Fighters 3, Eagles 1
At Sendai’s Kobo Stadium Miyagi, Hiroshi Urano (1-1) allowed an unearned run over 7⅔ innings to earn the win after Hokkaido Nippon Ham scored the go-ahead run when Norihito Kaneto (2-1) issued a bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning.
IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5