Julio Zuleta smashed three home runs and Tadahito Iguchi also hit a pair of homers as the Pacific League-leading Daiei Hawks racked up 31 hits to trounce the Orix BlueWave 29-1 at Yahoo BB Stadium on Friday.
With the victory, the Hawks broke a Pacific League record for the most runs scored in one game.
Daiei jumped on Orix starter Mac Suzuki (2-7) in the first, sending 13 batters to the plate in a seven-run outburst — highlighted by Kenji Jojima’s two-run home run — as the former major leaguer was forced off the mound without getting a single out.
Daiei further expanded its lead, adding eight runs in both the second and third innings.
Zuleta belted a two-run homer in the second, a two-run in the third and a three-run blast in the ninth, while Iguchi smashed a pair of solo homers in the third and sixth.
Daiei lefty Toshiya Sugiuchi (4-7) cruised to his fourth win, allowing just two hits over seven innings while fanning 13 batters.
The Hawks are now six games ahead of the second-place Kintetsu Buffaloes and 6 1/2 games ahead of the third-place Seibu Lions.
Fighters 8, Lions 4
Pacific League batting leader Michihiro Ogasawara went 3-for-5 with five RBIs as Nippon Ham beat Seibu at Seibu Dome.
Tied 1-1, Ogasawara connected for a three-run homer and the Fighters scored four more in the fourth to widen the lead.
Ogasawara is now batting .362.
Satoru Kanemura (6-5) gave up one run over six innings for the win.
Seibu shortstop Kazuo Matsui hit a solo homer to lead off the first inning, and added a two-run homer in the seventh to notch 20 home runs for the fourth straight season.
Alex Cabrera nailed his 34th home run of the year in the eighth.
Marines 6, Buffaloes 2
Makoto Kosaka slammed a two-run dinger — his first clout of the year — for the go-ahead runs as Lotte beat Kintetsu at Osaka Dome.
Marine starter Nathan Minchey (9-5) tossed five-hit ball over seven innings and two relievers held the Buffaloes scoreless the rest of the way as the Marines put a halt to their losing streak at four.
Tuffy Rhodes connected for his 34th dinger in the first inning — a two-run homer off Minchey.
Dragons 4, Tigers 0
Masafumi Hirai combined with three relievers on a nine-hit shutout as Chunichi blanked Hanshin at Koshien Stadium.
Hirai (6-3) gave up all nine hits and walked two over six-plus innings.
The Dragons broke a 0-0 deadlock in the fourth with two RBI singles by Koichi Sekikawa and Yuichi Yanagisawa off Tigers starter Trey Moore (10-4).
Chunichi added two more runs in the seventh.
Moore allowed three hits while walking five in taking the loss.
Swallows 6, BayStars 5
At Yokohama Stadium, Mitsuru Manaka belted a go-ahead two-run homer in the ninth to lift Yakult over Yokohama.
The BayStars led 2-1 in the fifth and 4-3 in the sixth but could not hold on to the lead.
Yokohama slugger Tyrone Woods connected for his CL-leading 26th homer of the year in the sixth.
Yataro Sakamoto (4-1) pitched one inning for the win, while Shingo Takatsu worked the ninth for his 20th save as Yakult snapped its losing skid at six.
Carp 7, Giants 6
At Hiroshima, Kazuyoshi Kimura’s pinch-hit single in the eighth scored the go-ahead run as Hiroshima downed Yomiuri.
Trailing the Carp 6-1 in the seventh, the Giants scored five runs — capped by a three-run homer by Takayuki Shimizu — to tie the game.
Yasuhiro Oyamada (2-1) pitched 1 2/3 innings for the win and rookie Katsuhiro Nagakawa pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save.
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