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Sugiuchi fires Hawks past Buffs

Kyodo

Hiroki Kokubo hit a three-run homer to give lefty Toshiya Sugiuchi run support in his third complete game, powering the Softbank Hawks to a 5-1 win over the Orix Buffaloes on Tuesday night.

News photoSeibu’s G.G. SATO hits a solo homer off Chiba Lotte starter Yoshihisa Naruse in the second inning on
Tuesday night at Chiba Marine Stadium.
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With runners on first and second at Yahoo Dome, Kokubo connected in the fifth with one out to the stands in left off reliever Yuki Tanaka.

Sugiuchi (6-1) scattered eight hits, striking out four and walking none in a 142-pitch outing.

Marines 2, Lions 1

At Chiba Marine Stadium, Kazuya Fukuura and Tomoya Satozaki both had RBI singles to help make a winner of Yoshihisa Naruse as Lotte downed Seibu.

Eagles 3, Fighters 2 (12)

At Tokyo Dome, Tohoku Rakuten beat Hokkaido Nippon Ham with a sacrifice fly from Kevin Witt in the top of the 12th inning to record its first five-game winning streak in franchise history.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Giants 5, BayStars 0

At Yokohama Stadium, Satoshi Fukuda (2-0) pitched seven scoreless innings to lead Yomiuri past Yokohama.

A solo homer by Shinnosuke Abe and RBI doubles from Kenji Yano and Yoshinobu Takahashi made it 5-0 in the sixth, chasing veteran lefty Kimiyasu Kudo (0-4).

Dragons 4, Swallows 0

At Nagoya Dome, Kenta Asakura (3-3) and two relievers combined on a nine-hit shutout as Chunichi beat Yakult for its third consecutive win.

Tyrone Woods his league-leading 17th home run in the win for the Dragons.

Carp 7, Tigers 2

At Yonago Municipal Stadium, Tomonori Maeda hit a three-run homer to cap a four-run first inning as Hiroshima held on to an early lead to beat Hanshin.