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Thursday, April 5, 2012

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Yoshihiro Maru of the Carp reacts after driving home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Hiroshima over the Yomiuri Giants 2-1 on Wednesday at Mazda Stadium. KYODO

Dragons get past BayStars to remain unbeaten


Yokohama — Kenichi Nakata threw six scoreless innings, Masahiko Morino drove in two runs, and the Chunichi Dragons extended their unbeaten streak to four games, including a tie, in a 4-0 victory over the Yokohama BayStars on Wednesday.

Nakata (1-0) gave up just one single, struck out seven and walked two to set the pace and the Chunichi bullpen did the rest at Yokohama Stadium.

Morino had sacrifice flies in the third and fifth innings off starter Yuki Kuniyoshi (0-1), and Chunichi tacked on two runs on back-to-back bases-loaded walks in the eighth inning. Yokohama was held to two hits.


Eagles 6, Hawks 5

At Sendai's Kleenex Stadium, Kenji Tomura held the damage to one run in five innings for his first career win, Jose Fernandez went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, and Tohoku Rakuten edged Fukuoka Softbank, playing havoc with Brad Penny in his debut start in Japan.

Tomura (1-0), a third-year right-hander, gave up six hits, struck out one and walked two at Kleenex Stadium. Penny (0-1), a two-time major league All-Star who last pitched for the Detroit Tigers in 2011, was roughed up for six runs in 3⅓ innings.

Buffaloes 4, Fighters 2

At Sapporo Dome, Takahiro Okada went 3-for-4 with three RBIs in support of Evan MacLane (1-0), who yielded one run in 5⅔ innings to win his first decision in his second start in Japan in Orix's win over Hokkaido Nippon Ham.

Mamoru Kishida picked up his second save. Lee Dae Ho also had a three-hit night for Orix, which won two straight after three consecutive defeats. Tomoya Yagi (0-1) took the loss for Nippon Ham.

Marines 2, Lions 0

At Seibu Dome, Seth Greisinger went seven shutout innings against Seibu to lead Chiba Lotte to four straight victories from Opening Day for the first time in 60 years.

Greisinger (1-0) allowed just four hits — three singles — and struck out nine with no walks, and got run support from RBI singles by Yoshifumi Okada off starter Kazuhisa Makita (0-1) in the fifth and Tomoya Satozaki in the ninth, respectively.

Carp slip past Giants


Yoshihiro Maru hit a sayonara single in the ninth inning to send the Hiroshima Carp to a 2-1 victory over the Yomiuri Giants on Wednesday at Mazda Stadium.

Giants reliever Daisuke Ochi walked Ryuhei Matsuyama on four pitches to begin the inning then yielded a double to Jun Hirose. He then walked Shota Dobayashi to load the bases, setting the stage for Maru's heroics.

Tigers 5, Swallows 5

At Jingu Stadium, A two-run homer highlighted a three-run eighth inning by the Tigers, who rallied to earn a draw with Yakult.

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