TOYOHASHI, AICHI PREF. – Second-year right-hander Kenta Ishida had a scoreless-inning streak snapped at 26 with a seventh-inning run, but the Yokohama BayStars held on to beat the Chunichi Dragons 4-1 in the Central League on Wednesday and earn their first four-game win streak of the season.
At Toyohashi Stadium, Ishida (5-1) allowed a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out four. With a 3-0 lead, he surrendered a leadoff single and a double, and with runners on second and third, Ishida uncorked a run-scoring wild pitch.
BayStars setup man Tomoya Mikami worked a 1-2-3 eighth, while closer Yasuaki Yamasaki worked around a leadoff single to record his 12th save.
Dragons starter Shunta Wakamatsu (4-3) fell behind in the second inning after a two-base error, a groundout and an RBI single from rookie BayStars catcher Yasutaka Tobashira. Takayuki Kajitani homered in the third to make it 2-0. Takehiro Ishikawa doubled in a run in the fourth, and Masayuki Kuwahara homered in the ninth to complete the scoring.
Swallows 9, Tigers 8
Carp 9, Giants 3
Lions 7, Eagles 0
At Seibu Prince Dome, Yusei Kikuchi (4-5) allowed four hits and a walk, while striking out five in seven innings, while Hideto Asamura and Ginjiro Sumitani each had big RBI doubles in Seibu’s win over Tohoku Rakuten. Takeya Nakamura capped the scoring with his ninth home run.
Hawks 5, Buffaloes 2
At Yafuoku Dome, former Chicago Cub Tsuyoshi Wada (6-1) allowed two runs in six-plus innings, while Yuya Hasegawa homered and had an RBI single as Fukuoka SoftBank beat Orix for its third straight win. The Buffaloes fell eight games under .500 for the first time this season.