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Sugiuchi shines in Hawks romp over Giants

Kyodo News

Toshiya Sugiuchi threw seven effective innings to become the winningest pitcher in Japanese baseball and the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks erupted in a five-run fifth in a rout of the Yomiuri Giants 10-2 on Wednesday.

Sugiuchi (8-1) allowed two runs on six hits while striking out eight and walking four in interleague action at Tokyo Dome.

“I was extremely frustrated at my last outing so I pledged not to pitch like that again,” said Sugiuchi, who got a no-decision after allowing five runs over seven-plus innings in a 6-5 win against the Tokyo Yakult Swallows on May 16.

Jose Ortiz and Hitoshi Tamura hit back-to-back RBI singles off Dicky Gonzalez (3-6), before Nobuhiko Matsunaka capped the big inning with a two-run double, pushing the Hawks’ lead to 6-1.

Ortiz made it 1-1 in the fourth with his Pacific League-leading 16th home run of the season. Yuichi Honda added a two-run shot in the sixth.

“Sugiuchi gave up an unnecessary run in the first but settled down afterwards,” Softbank manager Koji Akiyama said. “He pitched smart, knowing when to be aggressive and when to pull back.”

Alex Ramirez and Yoshitomo Tani each hit RBI doubles for Yomiuri.

Lions 3, Tigers 1

At Nishinomiya’s Koshien Stadium, Kazuhisa Ishii threw six shutout innings and Takumi Kuriyama homered as Seibu beat Hanshin and moved a season-high 14 games above .500.

Dee Brown hit an RBI single off Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (2-4) in the sixth and Kuriyama connected with on a solo homer in the eighth.

Ishii (6-2) scattered five hits, all singles, and struck out four. Brian Sikorski pitched the ninth for his 17th save.

Marines 9, Carp 1

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Tadahito Iguchi hit two of his team’s four home runs and Bill Murphy pitched one-run ball over seven innings of an 11-strikeout effort in Chiba Lotte’s rout of Hiroshima.

Murphy (3-0) allowed three hits, all singles, and walked three.

Eagles 3, Swallows 2

At Jingu Stadium, Takeshi Yamasaki hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning and Tohoku Rakuten rallied past punchless Tokyo Yakult to send the CL club to its ninth consecutive defeat.

Buffaloes 8, BayStars 1

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