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Sugiuchi ends drought as Giants beat Swallows

Kyodo

Toshiya Sugiuchi allowed two runs in 7⅓ innings to help the Yomiuri Giants move a game clear at the top of the Central League standings as they beat the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 7-4 on Wednesday.

Sugiuchi (6-4) gave up six hits, while walking two with five strikeouts and had an RBI single himself, picking up his first win in since May 23.

“The team has been on a winning run so I didn’t want to stop that. I hadn’t won for a while but all I had in my mind was to pitch so the team would win,” Sugiuchi said.

Ryoji Aikawa led off the third with a home run off Swallows’ starter Yoshihisa Naruse (3-8), before the Giants strung together three bases-loaded singles in the fourth, with Sugiuchi getting things started.

Sugiuchi connected on his southpaw counterpart Naruse’s first pitch and hit it into short right to double the lead, before Soichiro Tateoka hit the next pitch to knock out Naruse.

Hirokazu Ibata drove in a run off reliever Kenichi Matsuoka, and Hayato Sakamoto drove in the fourth of the inning while grounding out.

Shinnosuke Abe hit a solo shot in the fifth, his second home run in two games, before Sugiuchi gave up a run through Shingo Kawabata’s solo homer in the sixth.

The southpaw left the mound with one out in the eighth and was relieved by Scott Mathieson, who inherited runners on the corners, one of whom scored before he left the mound.

Yakult added two more runs in the ninth.

Dragons 5, Tigers 1

At Hyogo Prefecture’s, Koshien Stadium, Yudai Ono (9-3) scattered seven hits in his fifth complete game of the season, and Hector Luna opened the scoring with his sixth home run, a two-run, first-inning shot off Atsushi Nomi (5-9).

Nomi allowed five runs in 5⅔ innings.

BayStars 7, Carp 1

At Hiroshima Prefecture’s Miyoshi Stadium, Yokohama’s Toshihiko Kuramoto, went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double, two runs and three RBIs, while Yoshiki Sunada (1-2) and four relievers held Hiroshima to a run.

Carp rookie Kazuki Yabuta (1-1) allowed four runs in 3⅔ innings.

PACIFIC LEAGUE

Buffaloes 12, Seibu 6

At Saitama’s Seibu Prince Dome, Orix’s Ryoichi Adachi went 4-for-6 with two homers and an RBI triple, while Seibu starter Ryoma Nogami (7-4) allowed five runs in three innings.

Lions leadoff man Shogo Akiyama extended his hitting streak to 28 games with a solo homer in the ninth inning after starting the game 0-for-2 with two walks.

Fighters at Marines — ppd.