Ogasawara, Tono Work Magic

Michihiro OgasawaraMichihiro Ogasawara went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, Shun Tono held  the damage to two runs in eight innings and the Yomiuri Giants continued their hot streak with a 5-2 win over the Hiroshima Carp on Saturday.





The Giants won four in a row for the first time this season,
beating the Carp on a day when an official pro baseball game was held
in Hiroshima for the first time in 53 years on the anniversary of the
1945 U.S. atomic bombing of the western Japan city.

With the victory, Yomiuri leapfrogged Hiroshima into third place
in the Central League standings.

Yoshinobu Takahashi opened the scoring with a run-scoring single
in the first inning, followed by Ogasawara's two-run double at Mazda
Stadium. Kazunari Sanematsu led off the second with a homer before
Ogasawara added an RBI single in the fifth.

Hiroshima grabbed one back on a fielder's choice in the sixth
and pinch-hitter Tomonori Maeda had an infield single in the seventh.
Giancarlo Alvarado (1-4) took the loss.


Tigers 6, Swallows 1

At Kyocera Dome, Randy Messenger threw his first career complete
game in Japan and got plenty of run support as Hanshin beat
CL-frontrunner Yakult to return to .500.

Messenger (8-2), who came within one out of pitching a shutout,
allowed four hits, struck out seven and walked two. Yoshinori Sato
(5-4) got roughed up for four runs in five innings.

Keiichi Hirano had two RBIs and Takahiro Arai went 3-for-3 with
a run-scoring single for Hanshin. Yakult lost its third in a row.


Pacific League

Fighters 6, Eagles 3

At Kleenex Stadium, Atsunori Inaba keyed a five-run fifth inning
with a two-run bases-loaded single as Nippon Ham overcame a two-run
deficit on the way to beating Rakuten.

Yu Darvish (14-3) struggled with location but pitched three-run
ball over seven innings, striking out eight with no walks to lead
Japanese baseball in wins. Kelvin Jimenez (0-5) was tagged with the

Rakuten first baseman Luis Garcia, who hit a two-run homer in
the fourth, committed a two-run error in Nippon Ham's big inning.