Komiyama pulls Marines out of five-game slump


Satoru Komiyama scattered three hits in 7 1/3 innings in his sixth start this season, lifting the Chiba Lotte Marines to a 3-1 victory over the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes and helping the team snap a five-game losing streak Saturday afternoon.

News photo Fukuoka – Keiichi Hirano of the Orix BlueWave is tagged out at second by Daiei Hawks
shortstop Munenori Kawasaki during Saturday’s game at Fukuoka Dome.

Komiyama (1-2) allowed a run on two hits in the eighth after holding Kintetsu to one hit in seven shutout innings at Chiba Marine Stadium.

Benny Agbayani homered off Tetsuro Kawajiri (3-3) to open the scoring in the fourth and Matt Franco hit a two-run single in the fifth.

Komiyama, who had a stint with the New York Mets before he took a year off and signed with the Marines in the offseason, posted his first win in three years. The 38-year-old right-hander played for Lotte from 1990-99 and for the Yokohama BayStars from 2000-01.

“I would have liked to go the distance if I hadn’t allowed that run in the eighth,” he said. “I’m getting old and I’m desperate to fulfill my job in every game. I’ll let the younger players take care of the rest.”

Lions 8, Fighters 2

At Seibu Dome, Kazuhiro Wada opened the game with a first-inning two-run homer off Satoru Kanemura and Hiroyuki Nakajima capped a five-run fifth with a two-run homer of his own as the Lions beat Nippon Ham.

Chang Chih-chia (3-2) threw 134 pitches over seven innings and earned the win after allowing two runs and five hits.

Hawks 7, BlueWave 3

At Fukuoka Dome, Mitsuru Honma singled home the go-ahead run in the fourth inning and Nagisa Arakaki allowed three runs in 8 1/3 innings for the win over Orix.

Honma drove in a pair runs, including a bases-loaded walk to cap a three-run eighth. Nobuhiko Matsunaka went 3-for-4 with a two-run single in a three-run first inning.


Tigers 1, Dragons 0

At Koshien Stadium, Tomoaki Kanemoto hit a leadoff “sayonara” homer off Kenshin Kawakami in the ninth inning to lift Hanshin over Chunichi.

Kanemoto’s shot over the left-center field wall at Koshien Stadium gave a big boost to Keiichi Yabu, who did not record the win despite striking out 10 in eight innings.

Swallows 7, BayStars 3

In Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, Katsuyuki Dobashi hit a two-run homer to open the scoring in the first inning and drove in three runs to lead Yakult to its fourth straight win.

Mitsuru Manaka tacked on a run in the third and seventh as Yakult took leads of 5-0 and 7-0 before Tyrone Woods hit a two-run homer to cap a three-run eighth for Yokohama.

Giants 9, Carp 7

At Hiroshima Stadium, Roberto Petagine, Toshihisa Nishi and Takayuki Shimizu each homered to drive in seven runs, powering Yomiuri to its third win in a row.

Nishi hit a pair of solo homers and Shimizu’s two-run blast off Takaya Kawauchi (2-2) in fifth broke a 5-5 tie.

Swallow grounded

Yakult Swallows southpaw Hirotoshi Ishii, who won the top reliever honors in 2002, pulled a muscle in his left leg and is expected to miss three to four weeks, officials of the Central League club said Saturday.