Left-hander Kei Igawa tossed a five-hitter as the Hanshin Tigers defeated the Yomiuri Giants 6-1 on a rainy Tuesday night at Koshien Stadium.
Igawa (3-1) threw his first career complete game and received ample support in the form of a pair of home runs from Katsuhiko Yamada and Taichiro Kamisaka.
Asked whether he was conscious of going the distance against the Giants, Igawa said, "I was just concerned about pitching my kind of game. Nothing more than that."
Both of the Tigers' home runs came off Giants starter Kimiyasu Kudo (1-2), who allowed four earned runs on six hits in 4-1/3 innings.
Kamisaka's home run was the first of his career.
The Giants dug their own grave in the fifth inning with a pair of fielding lapses. Center fielder Hideki Matsui let a single get past him. Later with runners on first and third and one out, left fielder Takayuki Shimizu made a long run to the left-field line but muffed the catch once he got to the ball.
The play was ruled a hit but was followed immediately by Kamisaka's home run.
Giants manager Shigeo Nagashima, who came out to argue that the ball was foul, was less than pleased with the turn of events.
"Shimizu has to …