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Saturday, Sep. 10, 2011

Swallows' Tateyama picks up win after return from injury


Shohei Tateyama had just enough steam in his return from an injury layoff and Vladimir Balentien helped make a winner out of the right-hander with a go-ahead two-run homer as the Tokyo Yakult Swallows beat the Hanshin Tigers 4-2 on Friday.

Tateyama (9-2), making his first start since he was deactivated on Aug. 20 with discomfort in the middle and fourth fingers on his right hand, pitched 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball to lead the Swallows to their fourth win in a row. Minoru Iwata (7-11) took the loss.

Takahiro Arai gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead with a two-run blast in the first inning before Yakult cut the deficit on Arai's run-scoring error in the bottom half at Jingu Stadium.

Balentien hit his Central League-leading 27th homer for a 3-2 lead in the fourth.

The Swallows added a run on a throwing error by left fielder Lin Wei-zhu in the eighth. Lim Chang Yong got the final three outs for his 23rd save.

Dragons 6, BayStars 0

At Nagoya Dome, Kazuki Yoshimi threw his second shutout of the season in a nine-strikeout effort, Tony Blanco hit a two-run homer and Chunichi downed Yokohama.

Yoshimi (13-3) allowed just three singles and walked none in a 109-pitch outing. The right-hander retired the last 11 batters he faced. Futoshi Kobayashi (1-3) took the loss for Yokohama, which dropped its fourth in a row.


Fighters 10, Eagles 3

At Sendai's Kleenex Stadium, Yoshio Itoi hit a bases-clearing double to cap an eight-run sixth inning as Hokkaido Nippon Ham rallied to beat Tohoku Rakuten and end a six-game losing streak.

Bobby Keppel (11-5) allowed three runs in five innings for the Fighters.

Eagles reliever Hiroki Yamamura (1-1) gave up five runs without recording an out.

Marines 2, Hawks 0

At Chiba's QVC Marine Field, Hiroki Ueno (3-3) outpitched Toshiya Sugiuchi (7-7) with eight shutout innings as Chiba Lotte beat PL leader Fukuoka Softbank.

Jose Castillo and Yoshifumi Okada each hit RBI singles in the first and seventh innings.

Sugiuchi has lost four starts in a row for the first time in his career.

Lions 4, Buffaloes 0

At Osaka's Kyocera Dome, Kazuyuki Hoashi (8-5) pitched his first shutout of the season as Seibu ended Orix's unbeaten streak at 10 games.

Hiroyuki Nakajima went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly in the third.

The Buffaloes' Hayato Terahara (11-8) took the loss.

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