Kintetsu slugger Yuji Yoshioka smashed a three-run homer off Daiei rookie starter Tsuyoshi Wada to cap a four-run first-inning burst as the Buffaloes defeated the Daiei Hawks 5-3 at Osaka Dome on Tuesday.

The Buffaloes have now won five straight games from the season opener — the longest streak in team history.

Hiroshi Takamura held the Hawks to two runs over six innings for the win, and Toyohiko Yoshida pitched a perfect ninth for the save.

Daiei lefty Wada allowed five runs — one earned — on three hits in his first career outing in taking the loss. He walked four and struck out five.

Fighters 5, Marines 2

Nippon Ham lefty Itsuki Shoda (1-0) tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings and Angel Echevarria had two hits, including a two-run homer in the sixth, as Nippon Ham downed Lotte at Chiba Marine Stadium.

BlueWave 3, Lions 2

Yoshitomo Tani and Roosevelt Brown each hit solo homers off Seibu starter Takashi Ishii (0-1) in Orix’s go-ahead two-run eighth as the BlueWave beat the Lions at Yahoo BB Stadium for their first win of the year.


Giants 5, BayStars 0

Shinnosuke Abe and Roberto Petagine homered for their third straight game and right-hander Masumi Kuwata limited Yokohama to four hits over seven solid innings as Yomiuri blanked the BayStars at Tokyo Dome, sending the ‘Stars to their third straight loss.

Veteran Kuwata walked three and struck out six batters en route to his first win of the year on his 35th birthday.

Abe and Petagine connected for a solo blasts in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively.

Swallows 9, Dragons 4

Alex Ramirez went 3-for-4, including two home runs, to lead Yakult’s 16 hit barrage as the Swallows beat Chunichi at Nagoya Dome.

Tigers 10, Carp 5

At Hiroshima Stadium, Hanshin shortstop Atsushi Fujimoto went 3-for-4 with three RBIs while Tomoaki Kanemoto and Akihiro Yano also had three hits each as the Tigers came form behind to beat Hiroshima.

Trailing 2-1, the Tigers sent nine batters to the plate in a five-run seventh.

Toyodai in semifinals

NISHINOMIYA, Hyogo Pref. (Kyodo) Masafumi Fukumoto surrendered the game-winner on a no-out, bases-loaded wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning as Toyodai Himeji of Hyogo Prefecture edged Saitama’s Hanasaki Tokuharu 6-5 in a quarterfinal game of the 75th national high school baseball invitational tournament on Tuesday.

Despite the efforts of Fukumoto, who tossed 242 pitches the past two days, Toyodai Himeji will be making its first appearance in 24 years in the semifinals of the spring classic when it takes on Koryo (Hiroshima) in the second of two games Wednesday.

In Tuesday’s see-saw game at Koshien Stadium which was replayed after the game a day earlier ended in a tie after 15 innings, Fukumoto hit an RBI double in the ninth to level the game for the second time and force an extra inning.

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