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Lotte bats pummel Seibu in 20-hit cakewalk

Kyodo

Shoitsu Omatsu homered and drove in four runs and six of the starting nine had multihits as submarine hurler Shunsuke Watanabe and the Chiba Lotte Marines blew out the Saitama Seibu Lions 16-0 on Sunday.

Omatsu hit a two-run blast that gave Lotte a 4-0 lead in the third inning and had a two-run double to highlight a six-run sixth, which featured eight consecutive hits, as the home team stretched the advantage to 15-0. Bobby Valentine’s team had 20 hits against Pacific League leader Seibu.

Jose Ortiz hit a solo shot and drove in two runs and Kazuya Fukuura went 4-for-4 with two RBIs. Saburo Omura and Tasuku Hashimoto drove in two runs apiece while Toshiaki Imae added three RBIs at Chiba Marine Stadium.

Watanabe (8-4) pitched a three-hitter with six strikeouts and no walks, retiring the final 18 batters he faced in his second shutout of the year on just 88 pitches.

Eagles 4, Hawks 1

At Sendai’s Kleenex Stadium, Toshiya Nakajima drove in three runs and Hisashi Iwakuma pitched seven shutout innings as Tohoku Rakuten ended Softbank’s four-game winning streak.

Nakajima keyed a three-run second with a two-run double and lofted a sacrifice fly in the eighth to help Iwakuma (13-3) become the first 13-game winner in Japanese baseball this season.

Iwakuma held the Hawks to three hits and three walks while striking out five and hitting a batter with a pitch. Softbank lefty Tsuyoshi Wada (8-4) allowed three runs in seven innings.

Buffaloes 4, Fighters 1

At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Alex Cabrera, Tuffy Rhodes and Hirotoshi Kitagawa hit consecutive RBI doubles in a four-run first inning to back an effective outing from Chihiro Kaneko, who limited the damage to one run in six innings to lift Orix to its third win in a row.

Kaneko (6-6) allowed five hits, struck out four and walked one to win his fourth consecutive start. Daisuke Kato picked up his 20th save. Masaru Takeda (4-3) took the loss for Hokkaido Nippon Ham.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Dragons 7, Tigers 6

At Nagoya Dome, Kazuhiro Wada hit a pair of solo homers and Norihiro Nakamura and Tyrone Woods also went deep as Chunichi fended off a late rally to beat Central League leader Hanshin.

Wada led off the second inning with a drive just inside the left-field foul post and hit another shot to left following a solo blast from Woods in the fifth. Nakamura hit a three-run homer that just cleared the right-field foul post in the third.

Kenichi Nakata (6-5) allowed three runs in five innings of relief of Kazuki Yoshimi. Hanshin trailed 7-2 through the fifth but came within one in a four-run ninth.

BayStars 4, Giants 1

At Yokohama Stadium, Yuki Yoshimura hit a solo homer and Dave Williams pitched 5 1/3 effective innings, ending Yokohama’s losing streak against Yomiuri at six games.

Yoshimura connected for a game-tying homer off Adrian Burnside in the second inning. An inning later, Seiichi Uchikawa’s sacrifice fly and a Tatsuhiko Kinjo RBI double along with a bases-loaded walk by Shingo Takeyama gave Yokohama a 4-1 lead.

Swallows 4, Carp 3

At Jingu Stadium, Shinya Miyamoto singled in the eighth inning, driving home Kazuki Fukuchi for the tiebreaking run to lift Tokyo Yakult to its fourth win in a row for the first time this season.

Fukuchi reached on a single and stole second — his CL-leading 27th stolen base — with none out before Miyamoto’s line drive bounced off first base to allow Fukuchi free passage home to break a 3-3 tie.