SHIZUOKA, Japan -- The Kansas City Royals defeated the Yomiuri Giants, Japan's national champion, 1-0 Wednesday to halt their five-game losing streak, a record for a visiting major league club on a post-season tour in Japan.
The Royals scored the lone run in the sixth when John Wathan's single to right drove in shortstop U.L. Washington, who had doubled off right-hander Kazuaki Fujishiro and gone to third on Willie Wilson's flyout.
The victory was the third for the Royals over the Giants.
'Our pitching has improved and I think we will win more games,' Royals'manager Dick Howser said. 'I didn't want to lose five straight games but our pitchers were not in shape and I have had to look at the young players because we have the decision to make in December.'
The Giants got only two hits -- a single past third by second baseman Toshio Shinozuka off Mike Jones in the first and a single to right by first baseman Kiyoshi Nakahata in the ninth off Dan Quisenberry.
Southpaw Hisao Niura started for the Giants and retired 10 men in a row. Wathan and George Brett singled off Niura after one out in the fourth but Willie Aikens struck out and Hal McRae popped to first.
Jones allowed only one hit in the first five innings and Renie Martin held the Giants scoreless in the sixth and seventh. Quinsenberry pitched the final two innings.
The Royals will play a combined Giants-Chunichi Dragons squad Thursday at Nagoya.