Rookie lefty Tsuyoshi Wada pitched seven solid innings for his 14th win while Nobuhiko Matsunaka and Kenji Jojima both homered twice to lead the Daiei Hawks to a 10-4 victory over the Orix BlueWave on Friday at Yahoo BB Stadium.
Wada (14-5) gave up one run on two hits while fanning seven for the win.
Jojima connected for two solo blasts — his 33rd and 34th dingers — while Matsunaka hit a two-run homer in the second and a three-run clout in the fifth to increase his season RBI total to a PL-leading 121.
Marines 3, Buffaloes 1
Naoyuki Shimizu pitched three-hit ball over the distance, striking out seven while walking two for his 14th win as Lotte downed Kintetsu at Chiba Marine Stadium.
Lotte tied the game with a fifth-inning Jose Fernandez solo clout and went ahead with Jun Inoue’s two-run triple in the eighth.
The Buffaloes scored their only run on a sacrifice fly by Akihito Igarashi, who will retire at the end of the season.
Giants 8, Swallows 3
Koji Uehara pitched his 11th complete game of the season, allowing three runs while striking out six for his 16th win as Yomiuri beat Yakult at Jingu Stadium.
Down 3-1 in the seventh, Akira Etoh hammered a three-run dinger off Swallows reliever Ryota Igarashi (5-5) to put Yomiuri ahead.
In the eighth, Chris Latham belted a three-run homer to cap a four-run burst.
Dragons 9, BayStars 4
Masahiro Araki connected for a game-tying two-run single in the seventh and singled home two runs in a go-ahead five-run eighth as Chunichi downed Yokohama at Yokohama Stadium, sending the BayStars to their 90th loss.
Starter Kazuhiro Hiramatsu was tagged for four runs on six hits over 2 1/3 innings, but five relievers held Yokohama scoreless the rest of the way.
Koichi Sekikawa went 4-for-5 for the Dragons. It’s official for Ito Kyodo News Veteran catcher Tsutomu Ito, who is set to retire as a player for the Seibu Lions at the end of this season, will officially be appointed manager of the Pacific League club, baseball sources said Friday.
“After I finish the remaining two games of the season, I plan to accept the position,” said Ito after receiving a formal request from general manager Kenji Ono on Friday.
Ito announced his retirement after 22 years in pro baseball on Sept. 19 and was approached to take the helm for the Lions the same day after Haruki Ihara officially said he will step down.
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