Hitoshi Tamura homered and drove in three runs on Saturday to lead the Yokohama BayStars to a 10-2 drubbing of the Central League-leading Hiroshima Carp.

Tamura hit a two-run homer off Hiroshima starter Takaya Kawauchi in the first inning at Yokohama Stadium as the BayStars jumped out to an early 3-0 lead.

Tamura also singled in the fourth when the BayStars scored six runs off Kawauchi to blow the game open.

Yokohama starter Scott Mullen, formerly of the Los Angeles Dodgers, picked up the win after holding the Carp to two runs on 10 hits over six innings. Mullen also drove in a pair of runs with a single in the fourth.

“It was good to help out at the plate as well as on the mound,” said Mullen, who improved to 2-2. “If we keep playing like this we should get more wins this season.”

Tigers 6, Giants 3

At Koshien Stadium, Tomoaki Kanemoto drove in a pair of runs with a clutch single to right field as Hanshin scored three runs in the bottom of the third on its way to a win over Yomiuri.

Shinobu Fukuhara picked up the win after holding the Giants to two runs on five hits over six innings. Closer Jeff Williams retired the side in the ninth.

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Hawks 10, Fighters 4

At Sapporo Dome, Nobuhiko Matsunaka hit a three-run homer in the third inning to power Fukuoka Daiei to a win over Hokkaido Nippon Ham.

Pedro Valdes drove in two runs with a double in the second for the Hawks.

Kazuhiro Takeoka picked up his second win of the season after coming on in the fourth and holding the Fighters scoreless over 4 2/3 innings.

BlueWave 2, Marines 1

At Chiba Marine Stadium, Takeshi Hidaka hit a solo homer and Arihito Muramatsu drove in a run in the seventh with a single to right as Orix edged Chiba Lotte.

Orix starter Hidetaka Kawagoe went seven scoreless innings while giving up eight hits to pick up the win. Kazuo Yamaguchi worked a scoreless ninth for the save.

Former New York Mets player Matt Franco accounted for Lotte’s only run with a solo homer to right in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Lotte starter Tomohiro Kuroki took the loss after giving up two runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Buffaloes 2, Lions 1

News photo Chiba – Arihito Muramatsu of the Orix BlueWave hits an RBI single in the seventh
inning against the Chiba Lotte Marines on Saturday at Chiba Marine Stadium. Orix won 2-1.

At Osaka Dome, veteran Tetsuro Kawajiri tossed a four-hitter while giving up one run and striking out five batters over the distance as Kintetsu edged Seibu in a pitcher’s duel.

Akihito Fujii and Yosuke Takasu each drove in a run for the Buffaloes.

Surgery for Iida

Yakult Swallows outfielder Tetsuya Iida had surgery on his fractured left wrist at a Tokyo hospital and will be sidelined for about two months, officials of the Central League club said Saturday.

The 35-year-old right-handed batter, a seven-time Golden Glove award winner and two-time All-Star, had bone chips removed from the wrist he injured while swinging in a game last week.

Wada deactivated

Daiei Hawks lefty Tsuyoshi Wada was taken off the active roster Saturday after missing a scheduled start due to a stomach virus, club officials said.

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