Daisuke Matsuzaka held Kintetsu to one run over seven solid innings and picked up his fifth win this season — and the 50th of his career — as the Seibu Lions beat the Buffaloes 4-1 at the Seibu Dome on Monday.
Matsuzaka gave up five hits, including Tuffy Rhodes’ league-leading 12th homer, and struck out eight. He walked none to stay unbeaten.
Closer Kiyoshi Toyoda worked the ninth and earned his sixth save, striking out two of the last three batters. Catcher Tsutomu Ito put Seibu on the scoreboard in the fourth inning with an RBI double.
The Lions added two runs in the fifth with an RBI infield single and a walk with the bases loaded. In the seventh, Alex Cabrera drilled a his eight homer of the year for Seibu.
Buffaloes hurler Hideo Koike (3-1) took the loss, giving up three runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings.
Hawks 5, Marines 4
Daiei jumped on Lotte starter Nathan Minchey for four runs in the third inning as the Hawks came from behind to beat the Marines at Chiba Marine Stadium.
Trailing 2-0 in the third, Hawks first baseman Morgan Burkhart led off the inning with a solo homer. After two outs, Tadahito Iguchi, Hiroki Kokubo and Nobuhiko Matsunaka connected for consecutive RBI hits as Daiei took the lead.
Daiei closer Rodney Pedraza shut out the Marines in the ninth to earn his fourth save of the year and his 100th overall in Japan since joining the Hawks in 1999.
Fighters 5, BlueWave 3
Michihiro Ogasawara went 4-for-4 with two RBIs, including a solo home run in the fifth inning, as Nippon Ham beat Orix at Green Stadium Kobe.
Fighters starter Hiroyuki Sekine combined with two relievers on a six-hitter, allowing three runs on four hits over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out 10 batters for his first win of the year against two losses.
Tomokazu Iba pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
Tigers 5, Dragons 3
At Koshien Stadium, Atsushi Kataoka hit a pair of solo homers and George Arias connected for his league-leading 10th homer as Hanshin roared past Chunichi.
Hanshin closer Marc Valdes struck out one in the ninth for his seventh save in eight mound appearances this season.
Giants 5, Carp 0
At the Tokyo Dome, Kimiyasu Kudo (2-2) scattered six hits and a walk over the distance as Yomiuri beat Hiroshima to move into second place in the league standings.
Yomirui shortstop Tomohiro Nioka marked his 26th birthday with a two-run single in the third inning and second baseman Daisuke Motoki chipped in a two-run hit in the sixth to bring an end to Hiroshima’s three-game winning streak.
BayStars 10, Swallows 8
Yokohama right fielder Boi Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with three RBIs as the BayStars beat Yakult at Yokohama Stadium.
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