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Baseball: Ino, Kamizato lead BayStars in win over Dragons

Shoichi Ino throws seven scoreless innings as the DeNA BayStars blank the Chunichi Dragons 3-0 in the Central League on Aug. 4, 2020. (Kyodo)

YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) -- Shoichi Ino threw seven scoreless innings, while Kazuki Kamizato went 4-for-4 with a pair of runs, as the DeNA BayStars blanked the Chunichi Dragons 3-0 in the Central League on Tuesday.

    Veteran right-hander Ino improved to 3-2 as he struck out three, while allowing six hits and no walks, for his first win in front of fans this season at Yokohama Stadium.

    "I threw straight with good control, while our offense gave me a nice lead to work with," said Ino, whose previous home win, a 3-2 victory over the Dragons on June 24, came while all games remained behind closed doors as a coronavirus safety measure.

    The BayStars scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fourth when Kamizato came home from third as Keita Sano grounded into a double play against Chunichi starter Koji Fukutani.

    DeNA rallied for two runs in the sixth, with Neftali Soto scoring Takayuki Kajitani from third with a single before Kamizato rounded the bases from second on a line drive by Sano.

    Fukutani (0-1) took the loss after giving up all three runs on seven hits in his five-inning start.

    DeNA closer Kazuki Mishima got his third save after he and Kenta Ishida each contributed a 1-2-3 inning of relief.

    The league-leading Yomiuri Giants beat the Hanshin Tigers 7-2 at Koshien Stadium after ace Tomoyuki Sugano (6-0) battled through a twisted ankle for his sixth straight win.

    At Jingu Stadium, Hisayoshi Chono hit a three-run homer in the seventh, and Kosuke Tanaka matched the feat the following inning, as the Hiroshima Carp came from behind to beat the Yakult Swallows 6-3.

    In the Pacific League, Rakuten Eagles slugger Hideto Asamura hit a two-run homer in the eighth to clinch a 7-6 comeback win at home against the first-place SoftBank Hawks.

    At Sapporo Dome, Taishi Ota belted a two-run homer in the third and added a three-run blast in the sixth as the Nippon Ham Fighters tamed the Seibu Lions 11-4.

    At Kyocera Dome, the Orix Buffaloes and Lotte Marines finished in a 5-5 tie after 10 innings.

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