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Osamu Hamanaka homered twice, went 3-for-3 and had five RBIs as the Hanshin Tigers shelled the Yakult Swallows in a 16-hit attack for a 12-5 victory in the Central League on Saturday.

Trey Moore (2-0), who was 2-for-3 himself and scored a run, took a five-hitter over seven sharp innings, allowing just one run with no walks and five strikeouts at Osaka Dome as Hanshin won three straight for the second time this season.

Hamanaka hit a solo blast in the first followed by an RBI double in the third and capped his stellar performance with a three-run homer in a five-run fourth. Atsushi Kataoka added a two-run shot in the eighth.

Giants 1, Carp 0

At Hiroshima Stadium, 39-year-old veteran southpaw Kimiyasu Kudo struck out 13 batters and pitched two-hit ball over the distance to carry Yomiuri to its third straight win.

Kudo (2-0), an eight-time All-Star, slightly outdueled right-hander Hiroki Kuroda (1-1) in a 118-pitch outing and got help from a passed ball in the fifth for the only run of the game. Kuroda allowed six hits with eight strikeouts in a 127-pitch performance.

Dragons 3, BayStars 2

At Nagoya Dome, Shigeki Noguchi (1-0) took a three-hitter into the seventh as the home team picked up its fourth straight win. Eddie Gaillard notched his career 100th save in Japan but the slumbering lumber of Yokohama produced just six hits for its sixth loss in a row.


Buffaloes 10, Lions 2

Norihiro Nakamura went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and led both teams in hits in a 25-hit slugfest as Kintetsu crushed Seibu in a four-hour game to hand the home team back-to-back losses for the first time this season.

Hisashi Iwakuma (2-0) limited the damage to a two-run homer by Scott McClain in the opening frame at Seibu Dome and pitched eight shutout innings afterward, surrendering 10 hits while striking out eight and walking three in his 149-pitch outing.

Marines 7, BlueWave 4

At Yahoo BB Stadium in Kobe, five of Lotte’s starting nine had multiple hits with Derrick May and Rick Short chipping in two runs each to highlight a 13-hit attack as the visitors defeated Orix to snap a three-game losing skid.

Saburo Omura broke a 2-2 tie in the fourth inning on an RBI single in support of Naoyuki Shimizu (2-0), who posted the win despite giving up four runs and 10 hits while walking three in five innings.

Hawks 6, Fighters 4

At Tokyo Dome, Munenori Kawasaki hit a run-scoring single with two outs in the seventh inning for the go-ahead run and Pedro Valdes added two more runs on an RBI single to open up the lead as Daiei beat Nippon Ham.

Brandon Knight (1-1) allowed three runs on five hits while striking out six in six innings for his first win in Japan and Matt Skrmetta got the final three outs for his second save this season.

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