Lions shortstop Kazuo Matsui went 4-for-4 and hit for the cycle, helping Pacific League-leading Seibu beat the Kintetsu Buffaloes 10-4 at the Seibu Dome on Wednesday.
Matsui belted a two-run homer in the first inning off Kintetsu starter Narciso Elvira (1-3) to start off his cycle. He drew a walk in his next at-bat in the third inning.
Matsui then connected for a single in the fourth inning and added a triple in the sixth before wrapping up the cycle with a double in the eighth inning, becoming the 51st player to achieve the feat in Japan.
BlueWave 6, Hawks 3
George Arias and Orlando Merced drove in two runs each as Orix kept its share of the PL lead with a victory over defending champ Daiei at Sendai Stadium.
Fighters 6, Marines 2
Hiroyuki Sekine struck out 10 batters over seven strong innings for his first win in over a month as Nippon Ham beat the Marines in Chiba.
BayStars 16, Carp 9
The BayStars sent 17 batters to the plate in a 13-run fifth-inning outburst — tying the Japanese pro baseball record for most runs scored in an inning — en route to a win over Hiroshima at Yokohama Stadium.
The BayStars racked up 11 hits in the fifth — the second highest number of hits ever in one inning in Japan pro baseball.
Yokohama starter Satoru Komiyama (6-2) got the win, despite allowing seven runs on 10 hits, including three home runs.
Giants 6, Tigers 1
Lefty Darrell May scattered four hits over seven strong innings while fanning 13 batters to help CL-leading Yomiuri past lowly Hanshin at the Tokyo Dome.
May got his fifth win as the Giants won their fourth straight against the Tigers.
Dragons 13, Swallows 7
Hitoshi Taneda hit a pair of home runs as Chunichi came from behind to beat Yakult in a six-homer slugfest at Jingu Stadium, remaining just half a game behind the Giants.
Nilsson back in Japan
NAGOYA (Kyodo) Chunichi Dragons outfielder David Nilsson returned to Japan on Tuesday after a break in Australia to recover from pain in his lower back.
“The pain in my lower back is mostly gone. I should be able to play soon,” said Nilsson, who was sent down to the minors in late April.