Right-hander Michael Peoples threw six shutout innings and got the win in his first start of the season Monday as the Yokohama DeNA BayStars held off the Chunichi Dragons 2-1.
The 29-year-old American struck out five, walked none and limited the Dragons to four hits in the series opener between the Central League's bottom two teams at Vantelin Dome Nagoya.
"The defense played really well behind me," Peoples said. "Anytime they do that, it's all you can ask for. They had a lot of lefties, so we threw a lot of cutters, a lot of changeups away. (Catcher Hiroki) Minei did a really good job calling behind the plate and it was pretty easy once we got into a rhythm."
Peoples (1-0) also scored the first run of the game, reaching on an error and coming home on a Tyler Austin groundout against Chunichi starter Kodai Umetsu (0-1) in the top of the third.
Umetsu allowed an unearned run over five innings on two hits, two walks and a hit batsman while fanning four.
Keita Sano doubled the lead in the sixth when he got hold of a 1-1 forkball from righty Keisuke Tanimoto and sent it over the right field wall.
The Dragons cut the lead to one in the eighth when Akira Neo tripled, then scored on a Yohei Oshima groundout.
At Mazda Stadium, a solo shot each from Hayato Sakamoto, Yoshihiro Maru and Zelous Wheeler steered the Yomiuri Giants to a 3-2 win over the Hiroshima Carp.
At PayPay Dome, cleanup Hiroaki Shimauchi drove in three runs as the Pacific League-leading Tohoku Rakuten Rakuten Eagles beat the SoftBank Hawks for the first time this season in a 7-4 win.
At MetLife Dome, the Orix Buffaloes beat the Saitama Seibu Lions 6-3 thanks to a three-run shot from Yuma Tongu and an inside-the-park three-run homer from Yuma Mune.
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