Yakult outfielder Atsunori Inaba hit for the cycle to help the Swallows overcome a 5-0 deficit and beat the Yokohama BayStars 11-5 in a rain-shortened game on Tuesday night at Matsumoto Stadium.

Inaba tripled in the first inning and hit a solo homer in the fourth. In a seven-run fifth inning, Inaba had a single and a run-scoring double to complete the feat.

Tatsuhiko Kinjo and Katsuaki Furuki each had a solo homer in first and second innings, respectively, and Takahiro Saeki’s third-inning three-run clout gave the BayStars a 5-0 lead.

The Swallows, however, jumped on Yokohama starter Chris Holt for four runs in the fourth inning.

Atsuya Furuta hit a two-run double to left for the decisive run in the fifth inning.

The game was called after six innings.

Dragons at Tigers — ppd.

Giants at Carp — ppd.


Hawks 14, Buffaloes 9

At Osaka Dome, Arihito Muramatsu went 4-for-5 and drove in five runs as Daiei defeated Kintetsu to grab back the sole lead in the Pacific League standings.

Muramatsu’s cycle made it the first time in the history of Japanese pro baseball that two players hit for the cycle on the same day.

Muramatsu singled and doubled in the opening frame, tripled in the fifth, and homered in the ninth to help snap the Buffaloes’ winning streak at five games.

Naoyuki Omura and Yuji Yoshioka had two homers each for the Buffs.

Fighters 9, Marines 5

At Tokyo Dome, Yukio Tanaka hit a pair of solo home runs and Seigo Fujishima crack a three-run roundtripper, lifting Nippon Ham over Lotte.

Lions at BlueWave — ppd.

Skrmetta hurting

FUKUOKA (Kyodo) Daiei Hawks right-hander Matt Skrmetta, who was diagnosed with inflamed muscles in his right shoulder, returned to the United States on Monday for a checkup, officials of the Pacific League club said Tuesday.

Skrmetta will undergo an examination in the U.S. and return to Japan in about a week, the officials said.

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