Hiroto Takahashi threw his first career complete game Tuesday, Yoshinobu Yamamoto and rookie Shoki Murakami locked up in a duel, Yomiuri’s Yohander Mendez returned from injury with a big game, and Kohei Arihara won his first game since returning to Japan.
Buffaloes 2, Tigers 0: At Koshien Stadium, Yoshinobu Yamamoto (6-2) struck out 11 over eight innings, and Hanshin made two errors leading to a run in the fourth on an RBI single by Keita Nakagawa off Shoki Murakami (5-3). The Tigers rookie struck out nine in eight innings and also surrendered a Marwin Gonzalez’s eighth home run. Soichiro Yamazaki worked the ninth to earn his second save.
Dragons 7, Marines 0: At Nagoya Dome, Chunichi’s young Hiro, Hiroto Takahashi (2-6) struck out nine while walking two in a five-hitter, while Seiya Hosokawa and rookie Hiroki Fukunaga each reached three times and scored twice.
Takuya Kinoshita singled in Fukunaga in the second inning as the Dragons became the second straight team to score six runs off Kazuya Ojima (5-2). Hosokawa walked in the fourth, Dayan Viciedo doubled and both scored on a Fukunaga double. Hosokawa hit his seventh homer, in the sixth with a man on, and Viciedo followed with his second. Fukunaga doubled and scored in the eighth.
Eagles 6, Carp 3: At New Hiroshima Citizens Stadium, Daichi Osera (2-5) cruised through three innings, but Takero Okajima hit a three-run homer in the fourth, and the Eagles tacked on two more. The Carp made it a 5-3 game in the sixth, when doubles by Ryoma Nishikawa and Matt Davidson chased Takahiro Norimoto (3-4). Yuki Matsui worked the ninth for his 12th save.
Giants 3, Lions 0: At Tokyo Dome, Yohander Mendez (1-1) worked six innings in his first start, Kazuma Okamoto doubled in a third-inning and Yoshihiro Maru hit his fourth homer in four games in the fourth. Taisei Ota earned his 13th save.
Hawks 5, Swallows 1: At Jingu Stadium, Kohei Arihara (1-0) allowed a run in six innings, Akira Nakamura opened the game with his third home run, off Yasuhiro Ogawa (3-6), who then allowed Kensuke Kondo’s two-run homer in the fifth. Kenta Imamiya hit a two-run homer in the seventh.
Norichika Aoki accounted for Yakult’s run with his second homer.
Deniers 5, Fighters 3: At Yokohama Stadium, Shota Imanaga (4-1) allowed two runs over seven innings, while Taiki Sekine and Masayuki Kuwahara drove in a run each in the second and fourth innings. Yasutaka Tobashira doubled twice, singled, walked and scored twice for DeNA. Go Matsumoto had three hits and homered for the Fighters. Yasuaki Yamasaki earned his 16th save.