Alex Ramirez homered twice and drove in five runs to provide the brunt of an 11-hit offense, lifting the Yakult Swallows to a 9-0 shutout victory over the Chunichi Dragons in the Central League on Tuesday night at Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium.
Ramirez hit a two-run shot in the third inning and his league-leading 30th drive — a solo shot — to cap the scoring in the seventh.
Yuya Kamada (4-6) tossed his second shutout of the season, allowing five hits while striking out eight.
Carp 9, BayStars 5
At Yokohama Stadium, Andy Sheets and Takahiro Arai both hit doubles in a three-run opening frame as Hiroshima topped Yokohama.
Giants at Tigers — ppd.
Hawks 8, Lions 3
At Seibu Dome, Hiroshi Shibahara had a bases-loaded single in the fourth inning as Daiei rallied past Seibu.
Buffaloes 14, Marines 4
At Chiba Marine Stadium, Tetsuya Matoyama hit a three-run homer in a four-run second inning as Kintetsu routed Chiba Lotte.
Fighters at ‘Wave — ppd.
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