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Yokohama's Edison Barrios outduels Hiroshima's Kris Johnson

BayStars end three-game slide

Kyodo

Right-hander Edison Barrios allowed a run in 6-1/3 innings Saturday to help the Yokohama BayStars snap a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Hiroshima Carp.

Barrios (1-1) held the Carp scoreless through six innings at Mazda Stadium, and Hiroki Minei’s two-run homer in the third inning opened a gap the Carp couldn’t close. Barrios allowed five hits without a walk and fanned three batters.

Former major league left-hander Kris Johnson (1-1), the 2016 Sawamura Award winner, kept the BayStars hitless until the fifth inning, when Toshiro Miyazaki reached on a ground single. Minei followed with his two-run shot — that just eluded Ryuhei Matsuyama’s leaping effort at the left wall.

Yamato Maeda followed by reaching on an error by first baseman Brad Eldred. He advanced on Barrios’ sacrifice bunt and scored on Toshihiko Kuramoto’s fly single to center for a 3-0 lead.

The BayStars manufactured an insurance run in the sixth. Right fielder and leadoff man Kazuki Kamizato beat out an infield single, stole second and went to third on a groundout. From there, he scored on Yoshitomo Tsutsugo’s sacrifice fly.

Righty Aren Kuri replaced Johnson for the seventh but only narrowly avoided further disaster when center fielder Masayuki Kuwahara grounded out with the bases loaded to end in the inning.

Barrios left the game to Edwin Escobar after two hits and a flyout in the bottom of the seventh, but the Venezuelan lefty was yanked after allowing Ryoma Nishikawa’s RBI single. Shoichi Ino got out of the inning with a double play, but the Carp nearly came back in the eighth.

Spencer Patton walked four of the five batters he faced to force in a run and make it a 4-2 game. But southpaw Yoshiki Sunada got out of the jam, and closer Yasuaki Yamasaki worked a 1-2-3 ninth to end it.

“I have no issues with the way we played,” manager Koichi Ogata said after the Carp’s four-game home winning streak was snapped. “We showed some gutsy batting and created lots of chances. We’ll put it behind us and start over tomorrow.”

Asked about Eldred’s error, the skipper said, “Mistakes happen. I’m not planning to say this or that about it.”

After eight games, Hiroshima tops the Central League standings with six wins and two losses, while Yokohama improved to 2-5.

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Former Chicago Cubs righty Rafael Dolis earned his third save.

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