Darvish continued his dominance over the opposition by racking up his 14th win in 23 tries and allowing no runs on 2 hits while striking out 10 (8 swinging, 2 caught looking). He allowed a total of 4 base runners through 8 innings and only one of them got past first (a double by Greg LaRocca in the 7th).
The Fighters scored their two runs in the top of the 7th and 8th. Shinji Takahashi was the first to break up the scoreless game by hitting his 8th homerun of the year over the left field wall in the 7th. Fernando Seguingol drove in the second run in the top of the 8th when he hit a sac fly to right with the bases loaded.
Darvish is now one of only two pitchers in the NPB with an ERA under 2. His 182 strikeouts are tops in the NPB with the second closest pitcher at 159 (Masahiro Tanaka).
Final score: Fighters 2 - Buffaloes 0
FINAL LINESCORE VS ORIX BUFFALOES IP BF P H HR SO BB HB ER R W 8.0 28 110 2 0 10 2 0 0 0 SEASON TOTALS ERA G CG ShO W L IP H HR SO BB HBP R ER WP BF 1.91 23 11 3 14 4 183.2 107 8 182 44 12 44 39 3 698