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Baseball: Stars’ ace Miura mows down Marines

Kyodo

Daisuke Miura continued to hold the hot hand on Sunday, throwing his sixth straight quality start and helping the Yokohama BayStars snap a four-game losing streak.

The 38-year-old allowed a run in seven innings as the Central League-worst BayStars defeated the Pacific League’s front-running Chiba Lotte Marines 6-1 at Yokohama Stadium. The Marines had won their previous six decisions.

Miura (5-1) stranded a runner at second in the top of the first and his teammates made it easy for him after that, scoring four times against Lotte youngster Yuki Karakawa (5-2) in the home half of the inning.

Hichori Morimoto singled with one out and opened the scoring on a double by Yoshitomo Tsutsugo. Alex Ramirez made it 2-0 with another double and Norihiro Nakamura capped the inning with his fourth homer of the season. He became the 38th player to score 1,000 runs in Japan.

“I should have made better use of my curve and changeup,” said the 22-year-old Karakawa, who surrendered all three run-scoring hits on his slider.

Miura surrendered a run in the sixth, but Tsutsugo led off the bottom of the inning with his third homer. The BayStars capped the scoring in the eighth, when Tatsuhiko Kinjo tried to steal home and scored on a balk.

“That was a trick play,” Yokohama skipper Kiyoshi Nakahata said. “You have to try and add an extra run and give yourself more breathing room.”

Nakamura scored his first run for the Kintetsu Buffaloes as a rookie in 1992. He has since played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Orix Buffaloes, Chunichi Dragons, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles and Yokohama. The all-time Japan leader is Sadaharu Oh, with 1,967.

Giants 5, Hawks 1

At Tokyo Dome, Yomiuri’s Hirokazu Sawamura (4-3) didn’t allow a hit until the seventh inning and doubled in two runs in a comprehensive victory over Fukuoka Softbank.

Sawamura allowed a run on three hits in 6⅔ innings as the Giants, who haven’t lost since May 5, improved to 4-0 in interleague. Softbank’s Hiroki Kokubo had one hit, leaving him three shy of the 2,000-hit milestone.

Dragons 6, Lions 2

At Nagoya Dome, Chunichi came from behind in the eighth inning with the help of an error and a two-run triple by former Seibu star Kazuhiro Wada.

Trailing by a run in the eighth with one out and runners on first and second, the Dragons tied it on an error by Lions reliever Atsushi Okamoto (0-3), and took the lead for good on Wada’s double.

Fighters 5, Carp 4

At Mazda Stadium, Hokkaido Nippon Ham overcame a four-run deficit after two were down in the top of the ninth to defeat Hiroshima, which committed four errors.

A one-out error helped the Fighters cling to their slim hopes and the visitors eventually sent 11 men to the plate in the five-run ninth. Eichi Koyano closed the gap to a run with a two-run double off Carp closer Dennis Sarfate (0-4). Sho Nakata singled home the tying run and a wild throw by second baseman Tetsuya Kokubo allowed the go-ahead run to score.

Eagles 10, Tigers 6

At Koshien Stadium, Jose Fernandez drove in three runs, opening the scoring in the first and tying it in the third as Tohoku Rakuten improved to a season-high three games over .500 with a win over Hanshin.

Yusuke Kosai’s sacrifice fly pushed across the go-ahead run in the fourth. The Eagles’ Ginji Akaminai went 4-for-4 with a walk and four RBIs.

Buffaloes 4, Swallows 1

At Jingu Stadium, Aarom Baldiris homered and scored two runs, and Lee Dae Ho iced it with his second homer in two nights as Orix evened its interleague record at 2-2 with its second straight win over Tokyo Yakult.

Baldiris’ second-inning homer opened the scoring. Lee’s homer was his second big ninth-inning blast in two nights. The Swallows managed just one run and six hits against five Buffaloes hurlers.