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Kosuke Tanaka went deep twice and Yuya Fukui threw seven shutout innings as the Central League-leading Hiroshima Carp defeated the Yomiuri Giants 4-0 on Thursday.

Tanaka homered twice off Yomiuri ace Tomoyuki Sugano (6-5), first with two outs in the third over the right-field wall and then in the sixth with one out for his 11th round-tripper of the season.

In his first game since May 8, Fukui (2-2) held Yomiuri to five hits and two walks while fanning eight in a 106-pitch outing as Hiroshima stretched its lead at the top to 10 games before 32,756 at Kyocera Dome.

The right-hander saw a runner reach second in each of the first three innings but got out of the jams each time. And in the sixth, he gave up a leadoff single and walked a batter to put runners on second and third with two outs, but Fukui then retired Yasuhiro Yamamoto on a fly ball to right.

“We lost the game (against Yomiuri) yesterday and I wanted to pitch properly. I’m glad I kept my team in the game, I didn’t think I could hold them to zero,” said Fukui, who was with the farm team over the past 2½ months while the Carp surged to the top of the CL.

He added: “Part of me couldn’t support them wholeheartedly, but I’m always happy to see my team win. … Now I want to contribute more.”

Sugano allowed two runs on three hits and no walks, striking out eight over seven innings in a 99-pitch outing.

Giants reliever Chiaki Tone loaded the bases in the ninth with two singles and a walk and Seiya Suzuki hit a two-run single to double the score.

Dragons 15, BayStars 2

At Nagoya Dome, Chunichi snapped its five-game skid after scoring seven runs in two innings off Yokohama rookie Kento Kumabara (1-1).

Anderson Hernandez went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Shuhei Takahashi also drove in four as the Dragons belted out 17 hits.


Tigers 10, Swallows 5

At Koshien Stadium, Hanshin claimed its fourth straight win for the first time this year after Fumihito Haraguchi went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Mauro Gomez had a back-to-back two-run homers off Tokyo Yakult’s Yasuhiro Ogawa (4-5), who surrendered nine runs over five frames.

Buffaloes 2, Marines 1

At Kobe’s Hotto Motto Field, Orix’s Yoshio Itoi led the ninth with a single off Chiba Lotte closer Yuji Nishino (3-6) and stole two bases before scoring the walk-off run on a sacrifice fly.

Orix starter Chihiro Kaneko (4-6) and Marines counterpart Yuki Karakawa (3-4) each allowed a run over seven innings.

Lions 6, Fighters 2

At Tokorozawa’s Seibu Prince Dome, Hideto Asamura drove in a run off Hokkaido Nippon Ham’s Yuki Saito (0-1) in the first before Seibu teammate Shogo Akiyama belted a two-run homer in the second and a solo shot in the seventh.

The Lions snapped their three-game losing streak.

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