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Lions catcher Hosokawa rides the cycle

Kyodo

Catcher Toru Hosokawa hit for the cycle and capped a five-run fifth inning with a three-run homer, powering the Seibu Lions to an 11-5 victory over the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in the Pacific League on Sunday.

News photoSeibu Lions catcher Toru Hosokawa hits a double during against the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters at Seibu Dome.

Hosokawa doubled in the second, tripled in the fourth, homered in the following frame for the go-ahead and singled in the eighth, contributing with four RBIs in Seibu’s 13-hit onslaught at Sapporo Dome.

It was Seibu’s first back-to-back victory this season.

“I was surprised (to hit for the cycle) myself. I just tried to time my hit and I gave it all I had. I’m glad I was able to change the tide of the game,” said Hosokawa about his three-run shot.

Mitsutaka Goto (1-0) won in his first start this year, allowing five runs over six innings, while three relievers held the Fighters hitless the rest of the way.

Former major leaguer Tsuyoshi Shinjo went 1-for-4 with an infield single in the first.

Marines 11, Hawks 4

At Chiba Marine Stadium, South Korean slugger Lee Seung Yeop hit a towering two-run blast out of the ballpark for his first regular season homer since coming to Japan, highlighting an eight-run attack in the fourth inning as Lotte completed a three-game sweep of the Hawks.

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CENTRAL LEAGUE

Tigers 8, Giants 5

At Tokyo Dome, Tomoaki Kanemoto doubled twice and had a team-high three RBIs and Akihiro Yano hit his second solo homer in as many nights as Hanshin completed a three-game sweep of Yomiuri.

BayStars 8, Swallows 1

At Jingu Stadium, Shuichi Murata went deep with a three-run homer with two outs in the first inning as Yokohama went on to crush Yakult.

Dragons 3, Carp 2 (11)

At Nagoya Dome, Kazuyoshi Tatsunami connected for a first-pitch “sayonara” hit with two out in the 11th inning in backing a 157-pitch effort by Kenshin Kawakami as Chunichi completed its first season-opening sweep since 1999.

McClain to return

Infielder Scott McClain, who played for the Seibu Lions for the past three seasons, has been re-acquired by the Pacific League club on a one-year, 60 million yen deal to fill in for injured slugger Alex Cabrera, baseball sources said Sunday.

McClain, who had already sealed a minor-league contract with the Chicago Cubs for this season, played for the Lions in Japan from 2001 through 2003.