NISHINOMIYA, Hyogo Pref. – Shinjiro Hiyama hit for the cycle and Kei Igawa struck out eight over the distance as the Hanshin Tigers pounded out 17 hits to crush the Chunichi Dragons 14-3 in the Central League on Wednesday.
Hiyama hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the first, doubled in the third, singled in the fifth and tripled in the seventh at Koshien Stadium, to become the third player after Atsunori Inaba (Yakult Swallows) and Arihito Muramatsu (Daiei Hawks) to perform the cycle in two days.
The Tigers, who with the win moved 30 games above .500, drove in five runs on six hits in the fifth, capped off by Atsushi Kataoka’s three-run drive. Igawa (10-3) scattered eight hits, and helped himself to the league high in wins with a two-run single in the second.
Giants 7, Carp 6
At Hiroshima Stadium, Roberto Petagine drilled a two-run homer and Takayuki Shimizu hit a two-run, go-ahead double with two outs in the eighth inning as Yomiuri came from three runs down to beat the Carp.
Julio Santana (1-0), who recently arrived from the Detroit Tigers, pitched two innings, allowing two runs and four hits for his first win in Japan, while Hiroki Sanada tossed a scoreless ninth for his second save. Hiroshima dropped its fourth straight to Yomiuri.
Swallows 9, BayStars 1
At Nagano Olympic Stadium, Todd Betts homered twice and drove in three runs and Katsuyuki Dobashi and Alex Ramirez both went deep as Yakult overpowered Yokohama.
Lefty Masanori Ishikawa (6-5) pitched six-hit ball over the distance and walked none to match a team-high with his fourth win in a row. Daisuke Miura (3-3) surrendered four homers to Yakult, including a pair of two-run blasts to Ramirez and Betts as Yokohama dropped its fifth in a row.
Fighters 7, Marines 4
Tomichika Tsuboi slammed a three-run home run off Kosuke Kato (1-5) to highlight a four-run fifth inning and southpaw Masaru Yoshizaki limited the damage to a pair of solo dingers as Nippon Ham downed Lotte at Tokyo Dome.
Yoshizaki (8-2) carried a six-hitter over eight innings, allowing shots to Koichi Hori and Tomoya Satozaki.
Pote returns home
OSAKA (Kyodo) Hanshin Tigers pitcher Lou Pote, who was deactivated from the active roster after hurting his right shoulder, returned to the United States on Wednesday to undergo an examination, officials of the Central League club said.