Michihiro Ogasawara and Tomochika Tsuboi had three hits each and combined for eight RBIs as the Nippon Ham Fighters trounced the Kintetsu Buffaloes 11-3 at Osaka Dome on Sunday.

Ogasawara nailed an RBI single in the first, hit a three-run homer in the second inning off Buffs starter Kevin Beirne (2-4) for his sixth dinger of the year, and added an RBI double in the eighth to lead Nippon Ham’s 16-hit barrage.

Lefty Masaru Yoshizaki (4-1) held Kintetsu to two runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings for the win.

Lions 5, BlueWave 3
Scott McClain smashed a two-run homer to spark a go-ahead four-run eighth as the Lions came from behind to beat Orix at Seibu Dome.

Lions starter Takashi Ishii (1-2) combined with closer Kiyoshi Toyoda for an eight-hitter, holding the BlueWave to three runs over eight innings for his first win in five outings. Toyoda worked the ninth and notched his sixth save.

‘Wave center fielder Yoshitomo Tani went 1-for-3 and extended his streak for consecutive games with a hit to 17.

Marines 5, Hawks 3 (11)
Tomoya Satozaki pinch-hit an RBI triple for the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th and Lotte added a run with Saburo Omura’s RBI single as it beat Daiei at Fukuoka Dome.

Rick Short went 4-for-5 for the Marines.


Dragons 8, BayStars 1
Ivan Cruz tripled for the game-tying run and Motonobu Tanishige hit a go-ahead RBI double in the fourth inning before Chunichi later added six more runs to cruise past Yokohama at Nagoya Dome.

Dragons hurler Eiji Ochiai (3-0) picked up the win, pitching two scoreless innings in relief of starter Martin Vargas, who allowed one run on seven hits over four innings.

Swallows 5, Tigers 2
Mitsuru Manaka doubled home two go-ahead runs in Yakult’s three-run sixth as the Swallows downed CL-leading Hanshin at Koshien Stadium, putting a halt to the Tigers’ win streak at four.

Masato Hanada (3-0) made his second career start and first since October 2002, allowing two runs on six hits over five innings for the win.

All-time saves leader Shingo Takatsu pitched a perfect ninth and notched his seventh save.

Giants 7, Carp 3
Koji Uehara (3-1) pitched eight strong innings and earned his first win at Tokyo Dome since last August as Yomiuri downed Hiroshima.

Seventh-year infielder Takahiro Suzuki hit his career first homer — a solo shot off Chris Brock (2-3) — for the go-ahead run in the third and Akira Eto hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the eighth for more than enough insurance.

Rookie infielder Masahiro Nagata became the first position player out of high school to make the Giants’ starting roster in his first year since Hideki Matsui of the Yankees in 1993.

Goto off roster

Kyodo News Yomiuri Giants outfielder Koji Goto, who suffered bruises to his left knee in Saturday’s game against the Hiroshima Carp, was removed from the active roster Sunday, team officials said.

Goto, who is batting .333 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 18 games, hurt his knee in the seventh inning when he dived to catch a fly ball at Tokyo Dome and is scheduled to undergo medical checkups early next week.

He joins the list of casualties in the Central League club including Takayuki Shimizu (calf), Daisuke Motoki (shoulder), Yoshinobu Takahashi (lower back), Kimiyasu Kudo (thumb) and Yusaku Iriki (thigh).

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.