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Baseball: Rookie Togo goes seven scoreless innings in Giants win

Yomiuri Giants rookie Shosei Togo throws seven scoreless innings in a 5-1 over the Chunichi Dragons at Tokyo Dome to pick up his eighth win of the season. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Yomiuri Giants rookie Shosei Togo pitched out of an early jam to throw seven scoreless innings in a 5-1 win over the Chunichi Dragons at Tokyo Dome.

    Togo (8-4) allowed four hits and a walk while striking out four. The Dragons opened the game with back-to-back singles, and had a one-out double in the second, but failed to get a runner to third base against the 20-year-old right-hander.

    "I hadn't won a game this month and haven't been pulling my weight so I wanted to finish the month off with a win," said Togo, the Giants' sixth-round draft pick in 2018.

    "After the first inning, I was able to pitch my kind of game. I had a shutout in mind, but I want to go for it next time based on today's lessons."

    The hosts opened the scoring in the bottom of the first off resurgent lefty Takahiro Matsuba (3-5). Naoki Yoshikawa opened with a double. He scored on a triple off the top of the wall by Seiya Matsubara, who came home on a Hayato Sakamoto ground out.

    Matsubara singled with two outs in the fifth, and Sakamoto was walked intentionally after getting ahead in the count 3-0. Right-hander Katsuki Matayoshi came on to face CL home run leader Kazuma Okamoto. The Giants cleanup hitter put a beautiful swing on a pitch away and lined an RBI single to right to make it 3-0.

    The Giants added single runs in the sixth and seventh -- when Matsubara tripled again and scored his third run.

    The Dragons broke up the shutout against closer Rubby De La Rosa in the ninth on a Zoilo Almonte single and a Dayan Viciedo double.

    At Hiroshima's Mazda Stadium, Takayuki Kajitani opened the game with a home run, and Shinichi Onuki (7-4) allowed a run over 6-2/3 innings in the DeNA BayStars' 3-1 win over the Hiroshima Carp.

    At Tokyo's Jingu Stadium, Fumihito Haraguchi homered, walked and had an RBI single to score two runs and drive in three as the Hanshin Tigers beat the Yakult Swallows 9-3.

    At Chiba's Zozo Marine Stadium, Leonys Martin scored twice and tied a Pacific League record with five walks, while Seiya Inoue drove in four runs with a pair of RBI doubles as the Lotte Marines beat the league-leading SoftBank Hawks 8-4.

    At MetLife Dome, Ernesto Mejia doubled twice and drove in two runs for the Seibu Lions, who beat the Rakuten Eagles 6-2 to complete a three-game sweep.

    At Osaka's Kyocera Dome, Steven Moya homered for the third straight game to break a 4-4 third-inning tie, and the Orix Buffaloes held on to beat the Nippon Ham Fighters 12-8.

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