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Baseball: Giants' Sugano earns 10th win with 2-hit shutout against Dragons

Tomoyuki Sugano, right, of the Yomiuri Giants high fives catcher Seiji Kobayashi after beating the Chunichi Dragons at Tokyo Dome on Aug. 18, 2018. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Right-hander Tomoyuki Sugano went the distance and threw a two-hit shutout on Saturday, earning his 10th win of the season as the Yomiuri Giants handed a 10-0 loss to the Chunichi Dragons.

Sugano (10-7) struck out nine and only yielded two walks over the scoreless outing at Tokyo Dome. He gave up a double to Ryosuke Hirata in the third but didn't allow another hit until a leadoff single to the right fielder in the ninth.

The Giants' ace was backed by Yomiuri bats that combined for 15 hits against five Chunichi pitchers, including a six-run third when starter Daisuke Yamai (3-6) was charged five runs. It was Sugano's fourth shutout of the season.

Casey McGehee ignited the offense with a two-run homer to left-center in the third, and Shinnosuke Abe followed up after a walk was issued with his own two-run blast to right.

Hisayoshi Chono chased Yamai with a solo homer to left, and Shinnosuke Shigenobu, who struck out to start the inning, capped the big frame with an RBI double.

Chono doubled in a run in the fourth, and Kazuma Okamoto added a two-run drive in the sixth. Yang Dai-kang rounded off the victory with a solo homer in the eighth.

Yomiuri improved to 53-56 and remain in third place in the Central League, while last-place Chunichi ended a three-game winning streak and fell to 48-60.


Tigers 4, Swallows 3

At Jingu Stadium, Takashi Toritani and Ryutaro Umeno hit back-to-back homers in the sixth to keep Hanshin afloat and withstand pinch hitter Kazuhiro Hatakeyama's two-run RBI single in the home half of the inning. Taiki Ono (7-3) held the damage to three runs, despite five walks over five-plus innings


Carp 4, BayStars 1

At Yokohama Stadium, Seiya Suzuki and Ryuhei Matsuyama drove in back-to-back runs in the fourth to overturn an early DeNA lead, while Daichi Osera (13-5) fanned six and held the home team to a run over seven-plus innings. Lefty Haruhiro Hamaguchi (1-5) took the loss.


Pacific League

Eagles 3, Marines 2

At Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi, Shogo Nakamura was hit by a pitch, stole two bases, and evened the game for Lotte on a wild pitch from Yuki Matsui in a thrilling seventh. But Rakuten recovered in the eighth when Shintaro Masuda's hit to right was overthrown at home, allowing Kazuki Tanaka to cross the plate and score the winning run.


Lions 7, Fighters 6

At MetLife Dome, Yuji Kaneko's eighth-inning triple brought in two late runs as league-leading Seibu overturned an early lead against second-place Nippon Ham.


Hawks 7, Buffaloes 2

At Kyocera Dome, Yuki Yanagita drove in the opening and tie-breaking runs, and sparked a five-run sixth that allowed SoftBank to rout Orix. Left-hander Ariel Miranda (1-0), making his first start in Japan, gave up two runs in 5-2/3 innings for the win.

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