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Settsu sets tone for Hawks in win

Kyodo

Tadashi Settsu pitched two-run ball over seven innings, Yuya Hasegawa hit a two-run homer to key a six-run sixth, and the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks snapped a five-game losing skid with a 10-3 come-from-behind rout of the Seibu Lions on Saturday.

Toru Hosokawa’s RBI single tied it in the second before Seiichi Uchikawa hit a go-ahead RBI double in the fifth. Hasegawa went deep to left-center off reliever Yuta Nakazaki with one out and a runner on third in the sixth at Kamoike Stadium.

Settsu (4-1) struck out five, walked two and hit a batter. Hideaki Wakui had a bad day at the office, yielding six runs — one unearned — in 5⅓ innings for Seibu, which dropped its third straight and slipped into second place.

Ryo Sakata gave the Lions the early lead in the second with his fifth home run, a solo shot, and went 4-for-4 for Seibu.

Buffaloes 5, Fighters 3

At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Yoshio Itoi got things rolling with a three-run homer in the opening frame and Mitsutaka Goto contributed with his own long ball, a two-run drive in the sixth, as Orix downed Hokkaido Nippon Ham to claw its way out of last place with its third win in a row.

Chihiro Kaneko (3-3) limited the damage to two runs on seven hits and a walk in seven innings, while striking out 10. He won his first decision since he beat Nippon Ham on April 12. Keisuke Tanimoto (1-3) took the loss for the Fighters, who lost their sixth straight and dropped into last place.

Eagles at Marines — ppd.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Dragons 5, Carp 3

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Kazuhiro Wada went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Bradley Bergesen gave up two runs in five-plus innings and Chunichi beat Hiroshima to pull out of last place with its third win in a row.

Bergesen (2-1) scattered five hits, fanned three and walked none, and five relievers finished up. Hitoki Iwase had a 1-2-3 ninth for his ninth save. Hiroshima fell to a season-worst seven games below .500. Bryan Bullington (2-3) was tagged with the loss.

Tigers 11, Swallows 7

Giants 5, BayStars 4