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Nakamura caps Lions rally with two-run blast

Kyodo

Takeya Nakamura hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fifth inning as the Seibu Lions rallied to beat the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 6-4 Tuesday.

Nakamura connected off Keisaku Itokazu (1-4) for his Japanese baseball-leading 27th home run, an inning after his team scored two runs to tie the game 4-4 at Seibu Dome.

Takayuki Kishi (9-1) pitched his first complete game of the season after giving up all four runs in the first three innings.

Seibu also got a two-run homer from Yoshihito Ishii.

Shinji Takahashi drove in two runs with a homer and a sacrifice fly for Nippon Ham, which has lost three games in a row.

Buffaloes 5, Hawks 1

At Kyocera Dome, Alex Cabrera and Greg LaRocca hit back-to-back RBI singles in a three-run seventh inning, leading Orix to a come-from-behind win over Fukuoka Softbank.

Cabrera, back in the lineup from a broken little toe, delivered a tiebreaking single off Kenji Otonari (3-4) and LaRocca followed with an RBI single of his own.

Kazuki Kondo (4-6) held the Pacific League-leading Hawks to one run on five hits in seven innings. Keiji Obiki and Tomotaka Sakaguchi each had three hits and drove in three runs between them for Orix.

Marines 10, Eagles 4

At Iwaki Green Stadium, Naotaka Takehara drove in five runs with two homers as Chiba Lotte handed Tohoku Rakuten its season-worst seventh consecutive loss.

Takehara hit a grand slam off Kohei Hasebe (4-7) to highlight a five-run first inning and had a solo shot in the eighth.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

BayStars 5, Giants 4

At Tokyo Dome, Takahiro Saeki hit a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning as Yokohama sent Yomiuri to its third straight defeat.

Back-to-back solo homers by Alex Ramirez and Yoshiyuki Kamei put Yomiuri ahead 4-2 in the seventh. An inning later, Yuki Yoshimura answered with a solo shot before Saeki’s two-out double off Kiyoshi Toyoda (1-2) plated runners from first and second.

Dragons 12, Swallows 1

At Jingu Stadium, Masaaki Koike and Motonobu Tanishige drove in three runs apiece to back a strong pitching performance by Kenichi Nakata as Chunichi routed Tokyo Yakult.

Carp 8, Tigers 1