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Yang leads way as Fighters punch out Lions

Kyodo

Taiwan international Yang Dai-kang blasted two home runs and drove in four runs to pace the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters to a 14-3 clubbing of the Seibu Lions on Monday afternoon.

Fighters lefty Masaru Takeda (6-5) allowed a run on two hits over six innings, and Yang put the hosts in front for good at Sapporo Dome with his 13th homer of the season to open the bottom of the first.

The homer snapped a 25 at-bat hitless streak for the Nippon Ham leadoff man.

“I’ve caused an amazing amount of trouble,” Yang said. “I am happiest, however, that the team won.”

Michel Abreu belted a two-run homer, his 21st, to cap the inning against Lions lefty Shota Takekuma (1-1). The Fighters came back for more in the second against lefty Yuta Nakazaki, who allowed nine runs, seven earned in three-plus innings. Yang hit a three-run homer off Nakazaki and Abreu drove in his third run with a double.

With the game already safely in hand, Abreu added a sacrifice fly in the fourth and the Fighters scored six more runs in the fifth.

The win lifted the Fighters to .500.

Eagles 1, Buffaloes 0

At Kyocera Dome, Shintaro Masuda broke a scoreless tie by leading off the top of the ninth inning with his second home run as league-leading Tohoku Rakuten shut out Orix on three hits.

Rakuten lefty Kohei Hasebe, making his first start in two seasons, allowed three hits in six innings. Shinichiro Koyama (1-1) survived a seventh-inning jam to throw two innings of relief, while Darrel Rasner struck out the side in the ninth for his 12th save.

Hawks 6, Marines 2

At QVC Marine Field, Fukuoka Softbank overturned a one-run deficit when a pair of pinch-hit RBI doubles sparked a five-run sixth inning in a victory over Chiba Lotte. Second-year Hawks lefty Shinya Kayama worked 2⅓ innings of scoreless relief to earn his first career win.

One-out singles by PL batting leader Yuya Hasegawa and Tomoaki Egawa set the table, and Hidenori Tanoue doubled in the tying run. With two outs, Katsuki Yamazaki untied the game with a two-run double.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Giants 6, Tigers 3

At Koshien Stadium, Shuichi Murata drove in four runs in a 3-for-3 night to power league-leading Yomiuri past second-place Hanshin as Toshiya Sugiuchi (8-4) beat Tigers ace Atsushi Nomi (8-4).

Murata caught a break in the first when Tigers center fielder Yamato Maeda misread his two-out, bases-loaded drive. Maeda started in and it cost him as the ball sailed just over his head for a three-run double. Murata also walked and provided an insurance run in the eighth with his 11th homer of the year.

Carp 3, Dragons 0

At Mazda Stadium, Hiroshima right-hander Yusuke Nomura (5-3) allowed five hits in eight innings, while Kam Mickolio completed a six-hit shutout of Chunichi to earn his 15th save.

Ryosuke Kikuchi went 3-for-4 and scored all three Carp runs, with cleanup hitter Jun Hirose driving him home the first two times with sacrifice flies.

BayStars 4, Swallows 3

At Yokohama Stadium, Nyjer Morgan’s seventh home run, a two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth-inning, overturned a one-run deficit to lift Yokohama over Tokyo Yakult. Kazunari Tsuruoka’s two-run double in the seventh brought the BayStars within a run.

Yakult’s rookie all-star Taichi Ishiyama (1-1) took the mound in the eighth and allowed a leadoff double in the eighth to BayStars captain Takehiro Ishikawa before Morgan went deep with one out. Yokohama right-hander Shuichiro Osada, acquired in a trade last week from the Seibu Lions, threw a scoreless eighth to earn his first CL win.