Kazuya Fukuura went 4-for-5 including a two-run homer and starter Naoyuki Shimizu tossed eight solid innings to pick up his third win as the Chiba Lotte Marines downed the Seibu Lions 9-2 at Seibu Dome on Saturday.

Shimizu (3-0) gave up one earned run on eight hits while striking out five as Lotte improved to .500.

Marines third baseman Rick Short connected for a three-run homer in the first inning off Lions starter Fumiya Nishiguchi (2-1). Nishiguchi allowed six runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out seven.

Up 4-0 in the sixth, Saburo Omura and Fukuura each singled home a run for a 6-0 Marines lead.

The Marines added a run in the seventh with Masaumi Shimizu’s RBI double before Fukuura capped Lotte’s scoring in the eighth with a two-run blast for his first home run of the year.

Kazuo Matsui, who hit a solo homer in the seventh, stretched his streak of consecutive games to 1,015 — the fifth highest total in the history of Japanese baseball.

Fighters 6, Buffaloes 2

Angel Echevarria and Hichori Morimoto drove home three runs each to help Nippon Ham beat Kintetsu at Osaka Dome.

Echevarria smashed a three-run homer in the third inning off Buffaloes starter Jeremy Powell (2-1) while Morimoto singled home a run in the fourth inning before slamming a two-run shot in the ninth for his third homer of the year.

BlueWave 9, Hawks 4

Scott Sheldon and Kota Soejima both had three hits and three RBIs to lead Oruix’ 16-hit barrage as it beat Daiei at Fukuoka Dome.

‘Wave starter Hiroshi Kobayashi (1-1) allowed four runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings for the win.


BayStars 10, Swallows 6

Takanori Suzuki and Takeshi Nakamura each homered in back-to-back at bats to lead the BayStars over Yakult at Yokohama Stadium.

Suzuki had three hits and five RBIs for the ‘Stars, connecting for a two-run homer in the first inning and a three-run shot in the second.

Carp 9, Dragons 6

Chris Brock (1-1) held Chunichi to two runs on six hits over six innings for his first win in Japan as Hiroshima beat the Dragons at Nagoya Dome and climbed into fourth place in the CL standings.

Tigers 9, Giants 2

George Arias homered for the second straight night and lefty Trey Moore pitched seven strong innings for the win as Hanshin beat Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome.

Moore allowed two runs on six hits and struck out five for his third win in as many outings. He helped his own cause with a 2-for-4 batting and drove home two runs.

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