SAPPORO – Hiroki Kokubo and Shotaro Ide homered as the Softbank Hawks held off the Nippon Ham Fighters 3-2 to snap a four-game losing streak on Sunday.
Softbank took a 3-0 lead on Kokubo’s two-run shot in the fourth inning and Ide’s solo drive in the seventh, both off rookie lefty Kazunori Yamamoto (0-1), at Sapporo Dome.
Kazumi Saito (6-3) held Pacific League leader Nippon Ham to two runs and six hits in six-plus innings. Takahiro Mahara earned his league-leading 37th save with a perfect ninth.
Hichori Morimoto had a two-run single in the seventh for Nippon Ham, which still leads second-place Softbank by 2 1/2 games.
Marines 8, Buffaloes 0
At Chiba Marine Stadium, Shunsuke Watanabe threw his second shutout of the season and Jose Ortiz hit a two-run homer, leading Chiba Lotte to a rout of Orix.
Watanabe (8-6) allowed just four hits — all singles — and a walk to pick up his first win since Aug. 16. Ortiz extended Lotte’s lead to 3-0 when he connected off Hidetaka Kawagoe (4-7) in the second inning.
Orix broke the game open with a five-run fifth that included RBI doubles by Daisuke Hayakawa and Saburo Omura en route to its fourth win in five games.
Eagles 5, Lions 4
At Fullcast Stadium, Daisuke Kusano doubled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as Tohoku Rakuten ended Seibu’s six-game winning streak.
Carp 5, Dragons 0
At Nagoya Dome, Tomonori Maeda homered twice and Kan Otake threw his first career shutout, leading Hiroshima to a win over Chunichi Dragons.
Giants 3, BayStars 2
At Tokyo Dome, Lee Seung Yeop delivered a base-clearing triple to rally Yomiuri past Yokohama in the eighth inning and Koji Uehara finished off in perfect ninth to knock down the win.
Swallows 3, Tigers 0
At Jingu Stadium, Tokyo Yakult lefty Kazuhisa Ishii threw a two-hitter in his first shutout since making a comeback to Japan from the major leagues to lead the Swallows past Hanshin.