SENDAI – Takeya Nakamura hit his Japanese baseball-leading 34th home run and drove in six runs as the Seibu Lions routed the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 9-3 on Thursday.
Nakamura had an RBI double in the first inning and a sacrifice fly in the fifth before extending Seibu’s lead to 7-0 with a two-run drive to left in the seventh at Kleenex Stadium.
The two-time Pacific League home run leader added a two-run double in the ninth, his third hit of the night.
Hideaki Wakui (6-10) gave up 10 hits in seven innings but limited the surging Eagles to one run for his first win since July 9.
Takumi Kuriyama also had three hits and scored three times for Seibu.
Kelvin Jimenez (1-7) was charged with five runs, three earned, in six innings.
Buffaloes 2, Hawks 1
At Yahoo Dome, Mitsutaka Goto delivered an RBI single among his three hits as Orix completed a three-game sweep of PL leader Softbank.
Shinya Nakayama (5-7) allowed one run in 6⅔ innings for Orix. Tsuyoshi Wada (11-5) gave up two runs in seven innings.
Fighters 8, Marines 2
At QVC Marine Field, Sho Nakata drove in five runs, Bobby Scales hit a tiebreaking solo homer in a four-run sixth inning and Nippon Ham trounced Lotte.
Swallows 4, Carp 2
At Jingu Stadium, Kazuhiro Hatakeyama hit a three-run homer in the first inning as CL leader Tokyo Yakult beat Hiroshima to end a five-game slide.
Kenichi Matsuoka (1-1) won in relief and Lim Chang Yong picked up his 22nd save. Jumpei Shinoda (5-6) took the loss.
Dragons 3, Tigers 3
At Nagoya Dome, Takahiro Arai hit a tying single with no outs in the top of the ninth inning as Hanshin came back from a 3-0 deficit in a nine-inning tie with Chunichi.
Ibata warned for doping
Japanese baseball commissioner Ryozo Kato said Thursday that Chunichi Dragons second baseman Hirokazu Ibata has been taken to task for doping violations.
The club has been fined ¥3 million for failing to notify Ibata that he could not use his eye medicine that contains three kinds of banned substances without applying for therapeutic use exemption.
Ibata applied for therapeutic use exemption in April 2009, and Nippon Professional Baseball’s medical committee told Chunichi that Ibata needed to apply again if he wanted to continue taking the eye medicine after May 30, 2009, for administrative reasons.
But Chunichi did not let Ibata know about what NPB said.
The 36-year-old six-time Gold Glove winner was found in a July 12 doping test to have taken the banned substances-contained medicine.
He became the fourth doping violator and the first Japanese since full-fledged doping tests began in Japanese baseball in 2007.
NPB said the purpose of Ibata’s use of the medicine was not to enhance his performance.