HIROSHIMA – Daichi Osera threw a complete game and contributed with his bat as he pitched the Hiroshima Carp to their ninth straight win, a 3-1 victory over the Chunichi Dragons on Wednesday.
The Carp, who have won the last three Central League pennants but struggled early in the season, took a 1-0 lead in the second on an error after singles by catcher Tsubasa Aizawa and Osera.
The Carp pitcher struck out eight and allowed just three hits while walking none in a 91-pitch gem as he improved to 4-2 on the season.
Aizawa made it a 3-0 game in the fifth when he hit his fourth home run of the year, a two-run shot off Dragons starter Enny Romero (3-3).
The lefty allowed three runs, two earned, on nine hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out three.
Dayan Viciedo singled with two outs in the seventh and scored Chunichi’s only run on a Shuhei Takahashi double.
BayStars 5, Giants 1
At Tokyo Dome, Neftali Soto hit the first of Yokohama’s three home runs, a two-run, first-inning shot, Katsuki Azuma (2-1) allowed a run over 5⅓ innings and the BayStars’ bullpen retired nine straight batters to help Yokohama beat Yomiuri.
Tigers 3, Swallows 2
At Nishinomiya’s Koshien Stadium, Yoshio Itoi’s two-out RBI single off David Huff (1-1) broke a seventh-inning tie and Hanshin scored another run later in the inning on a single and an error.
Eagles 5, Fighters 3
At Sapporo Dome, Jabari Blash hit his 13th home run, doubled and drove in two runs, and Eigoro Mogi broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth inning with his fifth homer of the season as Tohoku Rakuten scored five runs in six innings off Kohei Arihara (5-2).
Buffaloes 5, Marines 4
At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Shunta Goto’s two-out bases-loaded single tied it in the ninth inning and Yuya Oda singled in the game-winner two batters later against Lotte reliever Naoya Masuda (2-2), who blew the save.
Lions 7, Hawks 3
At Naha’s Okinawa Cellular Stadium, Kona Takahashi (4-4) allowed two runs over seven innings, striking out eight in the process, as Seibu beat SoftBank to sweep their two-game series in Okinawa.
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