Rookie Kenta Abe set the pace by allowing just one run over 6 2/3 innings and Tuffy Rhodes capped the scoring for the home team with his 43rd homer of the season as the Kintetsu Buffaloes beat the Nippon Ham Fighters 3-1 in the Pacific League on Sunday.

News photoKazuhiro Hiramatsu of the Dragons pitches against the BayStars.

Eighteen-year-old Abe (1-0), who joined the Buffaloes as a fourth-round draft pick, earned the win after pitching four-hit ball and striking out six in his first start.

Marines 3, Hawks 2

Hiroyuki Kobayashi (6-10) combined with closer Masahide Kobayashi on a four-hitter as Lotte beat Daiei at Chiba Marine Stadium.

Trailing 2-1 in the fourth, Koichi Hori and Jose Fernandez — who went 3-for-4 — hit consecutive RBI doubles to give Lotte the lead.

Rookie lefty Tsuyoshi Wada (12-5) went the distance, giving up seven hits while striking out six.

Lions 4, BlueWave 0

Mitsutaka Goto (8-7) limited Orix to five hits over the distance for the win as Seibu blanked the BlueWave at Seibu Dome.

Hiroyuki Oshima went 3-for-4 while Kazuhiro Wada had two RBIs.


Dragons 3, BayStars 0

Kazuhiro Hiramatsu (4-2) scattered three hits over six solid innings and three relievers held Yokohama scoreless the rest of the way as Chunichi downed the BayStars at Nagoya Dome.

Tigers 4, Swallows 0

Shinobu Fukuhara gave up four hits over six innings in his first appearance this season while fanning eight for the win as Hanshin downed Yakult at Koshien Stadium for its fifth straight win to secure a winning record against the Swallows for the first time in 13 seasons.

In the fourth, with two out and two on, Norihiro Akahoshi broke a 0-0 deadlock with an RBI double. After Tomoaki Kanemoto drew a walk to load the bases, Atsushi Kataoka cracked a bases-clearing double.

Yakult lost its third in a row and ninth straight at Koshien.

Carp 10, Giants 4

Yoshiyuki Ishihara belted a grand slam in a six-run third and lefty Takaya Kawauchi pitched seven-plus innings for the win in his first appearance this season as Hiroshima downed Yomiuri at Hiroshima Stadium.

The Giants scored all four runs on solo homers by Kazuhiro Kiyohara (20), Yoshinobu Takahashi (23), Tomohiro Nioka (26) and Roberto Petagine (26).

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