Mitsuru Honma went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs as the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks trounced the Orix BlueWave 7-3 Saturday afternoon at Kobe’s Yahoo BB Stadium, spoiling the managerial debut of American Leon Lee.
Daiei starter Kazumi Saito picked up the win after holding the BlueWave to two runs on three hits over seven innings.
Lee, who played in Japan from 1978 to 1987 and batted .308 in 1,255 games in Japan, replaced Hiromichi Ishige, who was fired on April 23.
Lee is the seventh foreign manager of a Japanese team. The Nippon Ham Fighters are currently managed by an American Trey Hillman. Lee is also the father of Florida Marlins first baseman Derrek Lee.
The game marked the 900th career win for Hawks manager Sadaharu Oh.
Oh, in his ninth year as Daiei manager, was also skipper of the Yomiuri Giants from 1984-88. Oh is the 12th Japanese manager to reach the 900-win milestone.
Marines 2, Lions 1
Naoyuki Shimizu went eight strong innings Saturday as Lotte edged Seibu at Chiba Marine Stadium.
Shimizu held the Lions to three hits and struck out four to pick up his fifth straight win of the season. Masahide Kobayashi retired the side in the ninth for his seventh save.
Lotte took the lead when Koichi Hori drove in a pair of runs with a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Scott McClain, formerly of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, connected for a solo homer off Shimizu in the top of the fifth.
Buffaloes 7, Fighters 1
At Tokyo Dome, Hisashi Iwakuma gave up one run on four hits over the distance as the Kintetsu snapped a four-game skid with a win over Nippon Ham.
Yuji Yoshioka drove in a pair of runs — including a solo homer in the ninth — to lead the Kintetsu attack.
Swallows 21, Dragons 3
At Jingu Stadium, Atsunori Inaba homered and drove in five runs Saturday as Yakult pounded out 20 hits on their way to lopsided win over Chunichi.
Inaba went 4-for-5 and connected for a two-run homer in a five-run seventh inning after the Swallows erupted for 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Masato Hanada benefited from the generous run support and picked up the win after coming on in the third inning and working three scoreless innings.
Chunichi reliever Shinichiro Koyama was roughed up for 13 runs over 1 2/3 innings and has a 17.55 ERA.
Tigers 13, Carp 10
At Koshien Stadium, veteran Hiroshi Yagi drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly to right field as the Hanshin Tigers erupted for nine runs in the bottom of the eighth on their way to a come-from-behind win over Hiroshima.
The Carp held a 10-4 lead after scoring four runs in the top of the eighth inning.
BayStars 4, Giants 0
At Yokohama Stadium, Takanori Suzuki, Katsuaki Furuki and Takeshi Nakamura all homered in the sixth inning as the BayStars snapped a nine-game losing streak with a win over Yomiuri.
Suzuki connected for a solo homer off Yomiuri starter Hiroki Sanada and Furuki followed with a two-run blast at Yokohama Stadium before Nakamura made it 4-0 with another solo homer.
Yokohama starter Domingo Guzman struck out eight and scattered six hits over the distance to pick up the win, his first of the season.
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