• Kyodo


Toshihisa Nishi hit a solo shot off Kei Igawa in the third inning as the Yomiuri Giants set a Japanese record with a homer in each of the 18 games from Opening Day in their 11-4 victory over the Hanshin Tigers on Friday.

Shinnosuke Abe hit his 11th homer of the season to highlight a six-run fifth in the Central League game at Koshien Stadium to ensure the Giants went one better than the previous season-opening record set by the Hankyu Braves (now Orix BlueWave) in 1969.

The Japanese record for homers in consecutive games at any time of the season by a single team is 35, set by the Seibu Lions between Aug. 14 to Sept. 27, 1986.

Nishi went 4-for-6 with three RBIs to lead the visitors’ 15-hit attack and Brian Sikorski (1-1) posted his first win this season for pitching a one-hitter in the last three innings. Igawa (3-1) gave up seven runs in five innings.

Carp 9, BayStars 4

At Yokohama Stadium, Andy Sheets and Tom Davey each hit a three-run homer off Takashi Saito (1-2) and Greg Larocca contributed with a solo shot in the seventh inning as Hiroshima came from behind to beat Yokohama.


Lions 4, Buffaloes 3

At Osaka Dome. Hiroyuki Takagi leveled the game on a run-scoring infield single in the ninth inning and Tatsuya Ozeki singled home the go-ahead run one out later as Seibu rallied for a win over Kintetsu.

Hawks 5, Fighters 3

At Sapporo Dome, Kazuyuki Takahashi singled home the go-ahead run for Daiei in the fifth inning and Kenji Jojima followed with an RBI single for insurance after Nippon Ham’s Takehiko Oshimoto (1-1) was knocked out in 4 1/3 innings.

BlueWave 7, Marines 4

At Chiba Marine Stadium, Koichi Oshima went 3-for-3 with two RBIs as the Orix bats produced a total of 12 hits, taking a 5-0 lead against Lotte through the second inning and never looking back en route to their first victory in four games.

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