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Maeda drives in six in Hanshin rout

Kyodo, Staff Report

Minoru Iwata won a battle of lefties against Brandon Mann and Yamato Maeda went 3-for-5 with six RBIs as the Hanshin Tigers avoided a three-game sweep with an 11-3 drubbing of the Yokohama BayStars on Sunday.

Maeda delivered a bases-clearing triple in the fifth inning and Hanshin did more damage in a four-run seventh, pounding out 12 hits en route to denying Yokohama its first series sweep of the season.

Mann (0-3) got banged around in the opening frame and was given the hook after giving up four runs in four innings. Iwata (1-3) yielded three runs and six hits in five innings for the win.

Matt Murton led off the game with a single to right, Takashi Toritani drew a one-out walk and Takahiro Arai blooped another single to right to load the bases before Kenji Johjima sent a groundball past diving shortstop Naoto Watanabe for a quick 2-0 lead at Yokohama Stadium.

Maeda then hit a fly ball to left, driving in runners from first and second as outfielder Alex Ramirez made a running leap for the ball on the play but missed.

Yokohama pulled one back in the third on a Sho Aranami RBI grounder, and added two more runs in the fourth to come within 4-3 before Hanshin broke the game open in the fifth and added the cake frosting in the seventh.

Yokohama reliever Clayton Hamilton intentionally walked Johjima after allowing back-to-back singles to load the bases in the fifth, and Maeda drilled a ball off the wall in center for a three-run triple, making it 7-3.

Arai added an RBI single after Toritani’s leadoff double in the seventh, and Johjima knocked out Hamilton with his two-run double off the wall in left-center.

Maeda then hit his second triple of the day to drive in a run.

Dragons 3, Carp 2

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Yohei Oshima drove in the tiebreaking run with a double in the top of the ninth as the defending Central League champions beat the Carp.

Swallows 3, Giants 2

At Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, Lastings Milledge ripped a tiebreaking double in the fifth inning and Orlando Roman (1-3) yielded two runs in 5⅓ frames as Yakult swept last-place Yomiuri in three games.

PACIFIC LEAGUE

Fighters 1, Buffaloes 0

At Hotto Motto Field Kobe, Shinya Tsuruoka hit a sacrifice fly to break a scoreless deadlock in the eighth inning.

Marines 6, Lions 4

At Chiba’s QVC Marine Field, Saburo Omura tied the score with an eighth-inning RBI single before Ikuhiro Kiyota put Lotte out front to stay with a two-run triple in the same frame.

Eagles 1, Hawks 0

At Kumamoto’s Fujisakidai Stadium, Yosuke Takasu hit an RBI single in the second inning and Tohoku Rakuten pitchers made the lead hold up in a victory over Fukuoka Softbank.