UPDATE3: Tigers blank toothless Giants for 3rd straight night
NISHINOMIYA, Japan, April 11 (23:15) Kyodo
(EDS: ADDS SOFTBANK-ORIX GAME)
Left-hander Daiki Enokida won a pitchers' duel against Hirokazu
Sawamura, Takashi Toritani and Matt Murton drove in a run apiece, and
the Hanshin Tigers blanked the Yomiuri Giants 3-0 on Thursday night.
The win gave the Tigers the rubber game in the three game-series
against their archrivals after winning the opener 2-0 to snap the
Giants' unbeaten run since the start of the season at eight games and
playing out a scoreless tie in 12 innings the previous night.
Toritani got his team on the scoreboard with a one-out,
run-scoring single in the first inning, and Murton chipped in with a
two-out RBI single to make it 2-0 in the third at Koshien Stadium.
Former Cleveland Indians outfielder Kosuke Fukudome made a
superb diving catch in the fifth inning and added the final touch
with an eighth-inning RBI single.
"I think I might have gotten whiplash on that dive," joked
right-fielder Fukudome, who caught Jose Lopez's sharp liner while
diving onto his stomach and was slow getting up. "I'm a little
worried how I'll feel when I wake up tomorrow morning. I wanted to
help him (Enokida) out there though," he said.
Enokida (1-1) went 7-2/3 innings to notch his first career win
as a starter.
"Honestly, I think I must have outdone myself tonight, but it
was great to get the win here at Koshien against the Giants," the
26-year-old Enokida said.
He struck out six and walked two. The lefty was relieved by
Shinobu Fukuhara, who inherited a jam with runners on first and
second and two outs in the eighth and got Hisayoshi Chono to fly out
to center to end the threat.
Sawamura (1-1) yielded two runs and seven hits with six
strikeouts and no walks over seven innings in taking the loss.
Yasutomo Kubo had a 1-2-3 ninth for his first career save. The
Tigers won their first series of the 2013 season, while the Giants
were limited to two hits on this night and matched a franchise worst
by being held scoreless in 31 consecutive innings.
Dragons 4, Swallows 1
At Nagoya Dome, Hector Luna hit a two-run homer and drove in
three runs on 3-for-4 hitting, Daniel Cabrera threw seven shutout
innings featuring nine strikeouts, and Chunichi downed Yakult to win
the series two games to one.
Cabrera (2-0) scattered five hits and walked one to win his
second consecutive start in Japan. Lefty Katsuki Akagawa (0-2) was
tagged with the loss. All-Time saves leader Hitoki Iwase pitched a
perfect ninth for his third save of the year.
BayStars 6, Carp 2
At Yokohama Stadium, Alex Ramirez had a two-run single and
catcher Kazunari Tsuruoka followed two outs later with an RBI double
to open the scoring in the fourth inning as DeNA went on to snap a
three-game losing skid.
Pinch-hitter Hitoshi Tamura capped the scoring for his team with
a two-run blast in the sixth. Yota Kosugi (1-0) tossed six scoreless
innings for the win, while Yusuke Nomura (0-2) fell to his seventh
straight loss dating back to August 2012.
Fighters 4, Eagles 1
At Tokyo Dome, Michel Abreu broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run
dinger off Manabu Mima (1-1) with two outs in the eighth inning,
leading the way with his second homer in as many games as Nippon Ham
beat Rakuten to win two straight for the first time this year.
Casey McGehee hit his first homer in the fifth but the Eagles
failed to hold the lead. Yuya Ishii (2-0) threw a scoreless eighth
for the win in relief and Hirotoshi Masui picked up his second save.
Lions 4, Marines 1
At QVC Marine Field, Hideaki Wakui threw his first complete game
in two seasons and got a boost from Esteban German, who went 3-for-4
with two RBIs in a 10-hit attack against Lotte.
Wakui (2-0) allowed one run and six hits, striking out four
while walking none. Marines starter Yuki Karakawa (0-2) was saddled
with his second loss after yielding two runs in 6-2/3 innings.
Hawks 7, Buffaloes 6, 11 innings
At Yahoo Dome, Nobuhiro Matsuda broke the stalemate with a solo
shot with one out in the 11th inning, giving Softbank a walkoff
victory over Orix to end its losing streak at three games.
Bryan LaHair hit a pair of solo drives in a four-homer night for
the Hawks. Aarom Baldiris had a gram slam to key a five-run first for
the visiting team, but Orix was unable to keep the momentum and ended
its winning streak at three.
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