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Baseball: Austin, Ino overpower Giants in DeNA win

Shoichi Ino of the DeNA BayStars pitches against the Yomiuri Giants at Yokohama Stadium on Sept. 18, 2020. (Kyodo)

YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) -- Tyler Austin hit a three-run home run and Shoichi Ino threw six innings as the DeNA BayStars beat the Yomiuri Giants 6-0 on Friday as the Central League leaders were shut out for the second straight day.

    Ino (6-4) allowed two walks and two hits while striking out five at Yokohama Stadium. The win moved the third-place BayStars to within 11 games of the Giants, who are on track to win their second straight pennant.

    "My balance was really good and I was able to throw good pitches," said the 34-year-old Ino. "Since Opening Day, my motto has been to keep up with the youngsters and make every pitch count."

    "Obviously, there's still a big gap between our teams, but I only cared today about executing my pitches so we could win."

    Giants rookie Shosei Togo (7-4), who turned 20 in April, allowed all six runs in his five innings on the mound. Toshihiko Kuramoto singled in two runs in the second to open the scoring after a Keita Sano leadoff single, a hit batsman and a sacrifice.

    The hosts made it 5-0 in the third when leadoff man Takayuki Kajitani singled and Neftali Soto doubled to set the table for Austin, who put a good swing on a hanging slider to loft it over the wall in right center.

    Kajitani homered to open the fifth to close out the scoring.

    Spencer Patton, lefty Kenta Ishida and Tomoya Mikami completed the three-hit shutout with one scoreless inning apiece.

    At Tokyo's Jingu Stadium, Naomichi Nishiura drove in four runs, including the game's first, for the Yakult Swallows in their 14-5 slaughter of the Hiroshima Carp.

    At Nagoya Dome, Yusuke Oyama homered twice and drove in six runs to power the Hanshin Tigers to an 8-4 come-from-behind win over the Chunichi Dragons.

    In the Pacific League, the Orix Buffaloes' Opening Day starter, Taisuke Yamaoka (1-3), allowed two runs over six innings and Steven Moya's two-run home run highlighted a five-run second in an 8-2 win over the Seibu Lions at Osaka's Kyocera Dome.

    At Fukuoka's PayPay Dome, Matt Moore (3-1) allowed two runs over 6-1/3 innings and leadoff man Ukyo Shuto had four hits, two stolen bases and scored twice in a 9-3 win over the Rakuten Eagles.

    At Sapporo Dome, reserve outfielder Go Matsumoto homered and singled, scored twice and drove in three runs to help power the Nippon Ham Fighters to a 7-3 win over the Lotte Marines.

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