Michihiro Ogasawara and Yoshinobu Takahashi each hit two-run home runs and pitcher Wirfin Obispo helped his own cause with a blast of his own as the Yomiuri Giants routed the Hiroshima Carp 8-2 to win their fifth in a row on Sunday.
Ogasawara went deep in the first inning before a Tetsuya Kokubo two-run double tied it in the second at Tokyo Dome. Alex Ramirez drove in the tiebreaking run with a single in the third.
Obispo hit a solo shot for his first homer in Japan in the fourth and RBI doubles by Ramirez and Yoshiyuki Kamei made it 6-2 in the next frame. Takahashi hit his first home run since Sept. 23, 2008 in the seventh.
Dragons 8, Tigers 5
At Koshien Stadium, Tony Blanco and Yohei Oshima drove in five runs between them to help Chunichi avoid a three-game losing sweep against Hanshin.
Soma Yamauchi (1-0) held the damage to two unearned runs in six-plus innings. Hitoki Iwase picked up his ninth save. Yuya Ando (1-2) was knocked out after yielding four runs in 1 1/3 innings.
BayStars 5, Swallows 3
At Yokohama Stadium, rookie right-hander Shigeru Kaga threw one-run ball over five innings en route to his first career win as the BayStars held off Yakult.
Terrmel Sledge’s RBI single tied it 1-1 in the fourth and Shingo Takeyama added a two-run triple off Kyohei Muranaka (2-3) the same inning. Aaron Guiel hit two solo homers for the Swallows.
Marines 5, Hawks 3
At Chiba Marine Stadium, Shoitsu Omatsu hit a pair of RBI doubles and Tomoya Satozaki homered as Chiba Lotte beat Softbank.
The Marines took a 3-0 lead through the fifth, featuring Satozaki’s leadoff shot in the second, before a Jose Ortix two-run drive cut Softbank’s deficit to one in the top of the sixth. Omatsu extended the lead with doubles in the sixth and eighth, respectively.
Lions 3, Buffaloes 1
At Skymark Stadium, Takeya Nakamura hit a two-run homer and Kazuyuki Hoashi pitched 6 2/3 solid innings, leading Seibu over Orix.
Eagles 4, Fighters 3
At Kleenex Stadium, Masahiro Tanaka worked six effective innings and Motohiro Shima hit a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth as Tohoku Rakuten edged reeling Hokkaido Nippon Ham to win three in a row for the first time this season.