Masanori Ishikawa got more than enough run support against fellow lefty Tetsuya Utsumi, Tetsuto Yamada homered and drove in three runs, and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows ran roughshod over the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants in a 12-1 rout on Monday night.
With the victory, the Swallow snapped a five-game losing streak.
The Giants took a 1-0 lead on an Itaru Hashimoto sac fly in the second inning, but the Swallows tied it when Yamada led off the third with his 13th home run of the season.
Yakult chipped away after that, adding seven runs over the next four innings at Tokyo Dome. Shingo Kawabata and Tsuyoshi Ueda had two hits and drove in two runs apiece as part of the team’s 19-hit onslaught and the Swallows put the game out of reach with a four-run ninth.
Ishikawa (6-6) allowed one run and five hits over eight sharp innings. He struck out five and walked one. Utsumi (1-6) was chased after yielding three runs and six hits in 3⅔ innings of the loss.
Dragons 8, Tigers 4
At Nagoya Dome, Atsushi Fujii broke a 2-2 tie with a three-run drive in the second inning off Suguru Iwazaki (3-4) and Tetsuya Tani added insurance with a two-run double the same frame as Chunichi came from behind to beat Hanshin and return to .500. Kenta Asakura (4-4) yielded two runs over five innings of the win.
BayStars at Carp — late
Eagles 2, Buffaloes 1
At Kyocera Dome, Takahiro Shiomi (3-4), making his first start in nearly two months, held his opponent to one run and two hits in six-plus innings as Tohoku Rakuten edged Orix. Andruw Jones had an RBI double to open the scoring in the first and Tetsuro Nishida delivered a seventh-inning sac fly. Ryoichi Adachi had a solo drive for Orix.
Marines 1, Hawks 0
At QVC Marine Field, rookie No. 1 draft pick Ayumu Ishikawa (6-4) combined with three relievers on a five-hit shutout and Shohei Kato drove in the sole run on a two-out, RBI single in the fourth in Chiba Lotte’s whitewash of Fukuoka Softbank. Jason Standridge was ejected in the third for hitting Craig Brazell in the head with a pitch.