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Sunday, May 20, 2012

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Massive attack: Chunichi's Ryosuke Hirata hits a two-out solo homer in the second inning of the Dragons' 3-2 win over the Lions on Saturday. KYODO

Baseball: Yamauchi solid, Hirata homers Chunichi's win over Seibu


NAGOYA — Soma Yamauchi pitched seven scoreless innings and Ryosuke Hirata homered as the Chunichi Dragons held off the Seibu Lions 3-2 in interleague action at Nagoya Dome on Saturday.

Hirata hit a two-out, solo drive in the second inning and Masahiro Araki's suicide squeeze followed Yohei Oshima's one-out triple for the second run in the third. Motonobu Tanishige doubled down the right-field line to plate the decisive run in the seventh.

"I was glad to get the opening run for us, and I just hoped that Yamauchi-san would shut them down after that," said Hirata. "I thought it would hit the fence but the ball got some good lift and went over."

Yamauchi (4-2) scattered three hits, struck out four and walked one. Hitoki Iwase worked the ninth for his 15th save. Seibu saw its winning streak end at four games.

Marines 4, BayStars 2

At Yokohama Stadium, Katsuya Kakunaka's two-out, RBI double sparked a three-run fourth inning, and Yoshihisa Naruse (4-2) limited the damage to two runs against Yokohama in six-plus frames as Chiba Lotte extended its undefeated run to seven games.

Lotte, which moved a season-high 10 games above .500, strung together four consecutive hits off Kentaro Takasaki (1-4) with two outs to grab a 3-0 lead in the fourth. Yokohama came within 3-2 in the seventh, but Lotte pinch hitter Masahiko Tanaka drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth.

Carp 1, Fighters 0

At Mazda Stadium, Yusuke Nomura combined with two relievers in a five-hit shutout, and Eishin Soyogi homered off Yuki Saito (4-3) in the sixth for the only run necessary as Hiroshima downed Hokkaido Nippon Ham.

Nomura (3-3) gave up five hits while striking out six and walking two. Hiroshima won back-to-back games for the first time since a three-game sweep of Yokohama on April 17-19.

Giants 2, Hawks 0

Eagles 3, Tigers 2

Buffaloes 6, Swallows 3

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