Dragons’ Onelki Garcia notches second shutout of season

Kyodo

Onelki Garcia struck out eight over the distance as the Chunichi Dragons blanked the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 3-0 in interleague play on Saturday.

The left-hander Garcia (7-2) gave up three hits and two walks in front of a crowd of 36,243 at Nagoya Dome. It was the second shutout he pitched since joining Chunichi over the winter.

“I’m really glad I pitched my second shutout,” he said. “I threw my sliders and changeups well and I think (catcher Shota) Ono helped me out. I’m going to keep doing my best.”

Dayan Viciedo, who like Garcia is from Cuba, singled in a run to put Chunichi ahead in the first inning. Leadoff man Yohei Oshima drew a walk from right-hander Rick van den Hurk (4-5), stole second and scored.

Garcia gave up two straight hits in the second with no outs, but then retired the next 12 batters before allowing a double by Keizo Kawashima in the sixth. After advancing to third, Kawashima sprinted home but was tagged out at the plate.

Nobumasa Fukuda drove in two runs. He hit a sixth-inning, solo home run and drove in another in the eighth with a sacrifice fly off reliever Akira Niho.

Van den Hurk struck out nine over six innings. But he was tagged with the loss for allowing two runs on six hits and two walks. He also hit a batter.

SoftBank started interleague play with six straight wins, but have now lost four straight. The Dragons are 5-6 in interleague play. The Central League swept all six of Saturday’s games against the Pacific League for the first time since June 15, 2014.

Swallows 7, Buffaloes 3

At Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, Yuhei Nakamura’s three-run home run capped a six-run first, and Matt Carasiti (4-0) pitched five innings of scoreless relief as Tokyo Yakult beat Orix.

Carp 2, Eagles 1

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Hiroshima’s Kris Johnson (4-2) went seven innings to win a pitchers’ duel with Tohoku Rakuten’s Takahiro Norimoto (4-6).

Norimoto went the distance but surrendered a seventh-inning, two-run homer by Ryuhei Matsuyama.

BayStars 4, Fighters 3

At Yokohama Stadium, rookie Kazuki Kamizato went 4-for-4 with two doubles, one of which drove in the run that broke a 3-3, seventh inning tie as Yokohama came from behind to beat Hokkaido Nippon Ham.

Tigers 3, Marines 2 (12)

At Koshien Stadium, Hanshin’s Masahiro Nakatani scored the winning run in the 12th inning on a throwing error by Chiba Lotte second baseman Shogo Nakamura.

A ninth-inning throwing error by Tigers closer Rafael Dolis sent the game into extra innings.

Giants 8, Lions 5

At Tokyo Dome, Yomiuri’s Hayato Sakamoto overturned a 3-2, seventh-inning deficit with a three-run homer, while Shinnosuke Abe’s eighth-inning, three-run homer provided valuable insurance in a win over Pacific League-leading Seibu.