Tadahito Iguchi went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and lefty Toshiya Sugiuchi pitched a six-hitter as the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Daiei Hawks downed the Chiba Lotte Marines 6-2 at Fukuoka Dome on Tuesday.
Sugiuchi (5-7) struck out 14 batters and walked just two en route to his third complete-game victory of the year.
Down 1-0 in the third, Iguchi nailed a two-run homer off Lotte starter Nathan Minchey (10-6) to give Daiei the lead. Iguchi doubled home a run in the fifth.
The Marines cut the Hawks’ lead to one run in the sixth with a Jose Fernandez solo shot, but Daiei catcher Kenji Jojima solo homered in the bottom of the frame to make it 4-2 for the Hawks.
In the seventh, Daiei added two runs with back-to-back RBI singles by Nobuhiko Matsunaka and Jojima.
Minchey took the loss, giving up five runs on 10 hits over 6 2/3 innings as the Marines fell to their third straight loss.
Buffaloes 8, Lions 5
Rhodes slammed his PL-leading 37th homer to tie the game in the fifth and Kintetsu went ahead with Eiji Mizuguchi’s two-run homer in the seventh as the Buffaloes downed Seibu at Seibu Dome.
BlueWave at Fighters — late
Tigers 3, BayStars 2
Kanemoto singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh as Hanshin beat Yokohama at Sapporo Dome to snap its losing streak at four.
With the win, coupled with the loss of the Hiroshima Carp, the Tigers lowered their magic number to 25.
Rookie Tomoyuki Kubota (4-3) allowed two runs on six hits while fanning 12 over 6 2/3 innings.
Yuya Ando pitched the final two innings for his fourth save.
Swallows 9, Carp 6
Akinori Iwamura went 4-for-5 with two home runs and Mitsuru Manaka had four hits to lead Yakult past Hiroshima at Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium.
Andy Sheets belted two homers — his 17th and 18th clouts — for the Carp.
Giants 5, Dragons 1
Masumi Kuwata pitched eight solid innings and helped his own cause with a two-run single in the second inning as Yomiuri beat Chunichi at Nagoya Dome.
Kuwata (3-2) gave up one run on three hits. He walked none and struck out six.
First sayonara win
Tatsuya Hattori of Shizuoka singled home the game-tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning as Shizuoka High School scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch to beat Nagasaki Nichidai 5-4 in the first round of the national high school baseball tournament on Tuesday.
It was the first “sayonara” victory of the tournament.
In other games at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, Yazu came from behind to beat Oyama of Tochigi 3-2 to become the first school from Tottori in nine years to get through the first round.
Hirokazu Yamasaki gave last year’s runnerup, Chiben Wakayama, a boost with a three-run homer in the eighth as it downed Nagano Kogyo 6-1.
In the lone second-round game of the day, Seibo Gakuen of Saitama trounced Kagawa Nishi 17-4.
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