Daiei rookie Tsuyoshi Wada fanned 12 batters over the distance in notching his fourth victory and Tadahito Iguchi homered in consecutive at-bats as the Hawks defeated the Orix BlueWave 8-4 at Yahoo BB Stadium on Tuesday.
Wada (4-1) walked one and gave up seven hits, including homers to Jose Ortiz — a solo shot in the fourth and sixth innings — and a two-run clout to Kazuhiko Shiotani in the ninth.
With the BlueWave leading 1-0 in the fifth, Iguchi drilled a three-run homer off Orix starter Masahiko Kaneda (0-1) to put Daiei ahead.
Up 3-2 in the seventh, Iguchi homered again — hitting a two-run dinger off rookie reliever Daisuke Kato — before the Hawks added three more runs in the eighth.
‘Wave center fielder Yoshitomo Tani was held hitless in four at-bats and his hitting streak ended at 18 games.
Lions 7, Fighters 2
Taiwanese right-hander Chang Chih-chia (3-2) tossed six-hit ball over six solid innings, limiting Nippon Ham to two runs as Seibu beat the Fighters at Sapporo Dome.
Chang walked four and struck out eight for the win.
Buffaloes 4, Marines 2
Norihiro Nakamura went 3-for-4, including a solo homer in the fifth, and drove in four runs as Kintetsu edged Chiba Lotte at Chiba Marine Stadium.
BayStars 5, Carp 2
Takeo Kawamura (1-0) allowed two runs over six innings and three relievers held Hiroshima scoreless the rest of the way as Yokohama downed the Carp at Yokohama Stadium.
Tigers 10, Dragons 2
Makoto Imaoka sacrificed home the game-tying run in the fifth and put Hanshin ahead with a seventh-inning RBI single as the Tigers whipped Chunichi at Nagoya Dome.
Starter Kei Igawa (4-3) gave up two runs on three hits over seven innings for the win. He walked three and struck out five on 114 pitches.
Swallows 13, Giants 2
Ken Suzuki went 4-for-4 with four RBIs and hit his 150th career home run — a two-run homer off Yomiuri starter Masumi Kuwata in the first inning — as Yakult trounced the Giants at Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium.
Jason Beverlin (4-0) allowed two runs on eight hits over six innings while striking out five to notch his fourth win in as many outings.
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