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Giants starter Otake befuddles Tigers during eight stellar innings on mound

Kyodo

Kan Otake held the Hanshin Tigers to three hits over eight innings to hand the Yomiuri Giants their third straight victory on Saturday as they won 3-0 in the Central League.

Otake (5-2) allowed a leadoff double to Fumiya Hojo in the first, but that was the only time Hanshin put a runner in scoring position. Otake fanned 10 and walked none to silence the Tigers’ bats, retiring the last 15 batters he faced after Shun Takayama’s leadoff single in the fourth. The loss was Hanshin’s fourth straight.

“I kept hanging in there and managed to get through eight innings,” said Otake, who struck out 10 batters in a game for the first time in seven seasons. “Seiji (Kobayashi) called good pitches and I’m happy I could keep locating.

“My control was all over the place early on but my teammates got me over it. I’m not someone who can get strikeouts so I tried not to think about that.”

Shinnosuke Abe handed the Giants the lead in the first off rookie sidearmer Koyo Aoyagi (4-3). Itaru Hashimoto drew a one-out walk and captain Hayato Sakamoto singled. The 37-year-old Abe lined to left-center for a run, a missed catch by third baseman Naomasa Yokawa let in another.

Aoyagi allowed just three hits, but walked seven and hit a batter in 5-2/3 ragged innings in which he also struck out seven. Veteran reliever Kyuji Fujikawa let Garrett Jones go deep over the center-field wall for the third run in the eighth.

BayStars 2, Dragons 1

At Nagoya Dome, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo hit his Japan-best 36th homer in the first, a two-run homer off Chunichi rookie lefty Shinnosuke Ogasawara (0-5) that proved decisive.

Yokohama right-hander Shun Yamaguchi (8-5) allowed a run on six hits in 8-1/3 innings.

Carp 2, Swallows 0

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Hiroshima’s Hiroki Kuroda (8-7) allowed two hits over seven innings and squeezed home the game’s first run to outduel Tokyo Yakult ace Masanori Ishikawa (5-7).PACIFIC LEAGUE

Hawks 3, Fighters 2

At Sapporo Dome, Shohei Otani hit his 19th home run of the year with a sixth-inning, tie-breaking solo shot and Hokkiado Nippon Ham led until the eighth before Yuya Hasegawa doubled in two to bring PL-leading Fukuoka SoftBank from behind off reliever Naoki Miyanishi (3-1), stretching the Hawks’ lead at the top of the PL standings to 1-1/2 games.

Kodai Senga (10-2) allowed two runs in seven innings to earn the win.

Buffaloes 11, Eagles 1

At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Orix snapped its five-game losing streak after hammering out 17 hits over Tohoku Rakuten, with Masahiro Nishino hitting three RBI singles and Takahiro Okada driving in five runs.

Brandon Dickson (9-8) held the Eagles to a run over eight innings while Rakuten’s Takahiro Norimoto (10-8) allowed six runs over five innings.

Lions 10, Marines 4

At Tokorozawa’s Seibu Prince Dome, Ken Togame (4-5) allowed a run in five innings to earn the win as Seibu scored early and often against Chiba Lotte rookie Ryota Sekiya (4-3), who surrendered five runs in four innings, and the bullpen, which was equally ineffective.

Lions leadoff man Shogo Akiyama led the onslaught going 2-for-3 with a triple, a walk, a sac fly, three runs and two RBIs.