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Tigers win Mayumi's farewell game

Sixth-year hurler Naoto Tsuru tossed five no-hit innings and five relievers paraded out to combine on a one-hitter as the Tigers blanked the Hiroshima Carp 2-0 in Hanshin's regular season finale on Monday.

The Tigers carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning at The Zoom before Hiroshima's Brian Barden singled to right off Hirokazu Shiranita.

Hanshin's Matt Murton failed to get a hit in his four ABs, making Yomiuri's star second-year Hisayoshi Chono the Central League batting champ.

Tsuru fanned four and walked one before departing. Daiki Enokida (3-3) worked a perfect sixth for the win, while Kyuji Fujikawa retired the side in the ninth for his CL-best 41st save in Hiroshima's Japan-high 22nd shutout loss.

Issei Morita and Yamato Maeda knocked both Hanshin runs in the seventh.

The loss punctuated outgoing skipper Akinobu Mayumi's three-year stint with the Tigers. Mayumi finishes with a 213-206-13 record and just one Climax Series playoff appearance in 2010.

Lefty Atsushi Nomi came on in the seventh inning and got three outs to become the first Hanshin hurler since Kei Igawa to log more than 200 innings. Usually a starter, Nomi was also looking for the strikeout lead but didn’t fan a batter, finishing two behind CL leader and Hiroshima starter Kenta Maeda’s 188.


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