TOKOROZAWA, SAITAMA PREF. – The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles chased Takayuki Kishi with six runs in the first two innings, pounding out a season-high 19 hits in a 12-2 rout of the Seibu Lions on Wednesday night.
Kazuo Matsui homered and drove in three runs, and Jose Fernandez also had three RBIs for the Eagles, who have won three straight.
Ryo Hijirisawa and Yosuke Takasu hit back-to-back singles leading off the first to put runners on the corners.
One out later, Fernandez singled in Hijirisawa for the opening run. Luis Garcia added an RBI double to put Rakuten ahead 2-0 in the first at Seibu Dome.
Kishi (3-2) showed no signs of settling down in the second, with Motohiro Shima hitting his first home run of the season to lead off the inning.
Matsui got the last of three straight one-out singles to make it 4-0 before Akihisa Makida’s two-run triple. Kishi was pulled after giving up nine hits in two innings.
Seibu drew within 6-2 in the fourth. But Kensuke Uchimura singled in an insurance run for Rakuten in the seventh, and Matsui put the icing on the cake with a two-run homer in the eighth.
Fernandez singled in two more runs in a three-run ninth. Daisuke Kato (1-0) won in relief.
Seibu had 12 hits but left 15 runners on base in its third consecutive loss.
Hawks 3, Fighters 1
At Sapporo Dome, Tomoaki Egawa hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning off reliever Keisuke Tanimoto (0-1), leading Fukuoka Softbank over Hokkaido Nippon Ham.
Kenji Otonari (2-2) threw seven innings of one-run ball for the win and Brian Falkenborg picked up his 11th save. Hiroki Kokubo went 4-for-4 for Softbank.
Buffaloes 7, Marines 5
At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, backup infielder Yusuke Kajimoto had a tiebreaking double in the sixth inning among his three hits as Orix beat Chiba Lotte for its third win in a row.
Carp 3, Giants 0
At Tokyo Dome, Bryan Bullington (2-3) went seven innings and combined with two relievers on a four-hit shutout as Hiroshima sent Yomiuri to its first loss in six games.
Shota Dobayashi broke a scoreless tie with an RBI double in a two-run fourth and Eishin Soyogi added a solo homer in the fifth off D.J. Houlton (1-3), who lasted only four-plus innings.
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