TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Shosei Togo struck out nine while allowing two runs over seven innings as the Yomiuri Giants beat the Central League-leading Hanshin Tigers 6-2 on Saturday.
At Koshien Stadium outside Osaka, Togo (7-3) blew a 1-0 first-inning lead but then kept the league's most powerful offense in check until rookie Teruaki Sato's 17th home run, in the sixth inning, trimmed the Giants' lead to 3-2.
Togo surrendered six hits, including three first-inning singles, and a walk before leaving after 123 pitches.
"I am glad to be able to get the job done considering I started out so poorly," Togo said. "I quickly found I was able to get swinging strikes, so I did my best to make that work for me."
Rookie Tigers lefty Masashi Ito (4-4) put in a credible outing, allowing three runs over seven innings on six hits and a walk.
Giants catcher Takumi Oshiro broke a 1-1 fourth-inning tie with his sixth home run. Captain Hayato Sakamoto made it 3-1 in the sixth with his eighth home run, the 250th of his career.
Yoshihiro Maru, whose first-inning double contributed to the Giants' first run, put the game on ice in the eighth inning with a two-run homer, his fifth, off Shintaro Fujinami.
At Tokyo's Jingu Stadium, Yohei Oshima hit a two-run double and a two-run triple to power the Chunichi Dragons to a 7-3 win over the Yakult Swallows.
At Tokyo Dome, rookie Kota Hayashi went 4-for-4 with a double, a home run, a walk, two runs and four RBIs to pace the Hiroshima Carp to a 12-11 win over the DeNA BayStars.
At MetLife Dome, Tomoya Mori highlighted the Seibu Lion's six-run first inning with a two-run home run, his ninth, in a 7-2 Pacific League win over the Lotte Marines.
At Fukuoka's PayPay Dome, Ryoya Kurihara, newly named to Japan's Olympic team, belted a two-out ninth-inning solo home run to earn the SoftBank Hawks a 5-5 tie with the Nippon Ham Fighters.