HIROSHIMA – Tomoyuki Kubota threw a six-hitter with no walks in his first career complete game and went 2-for-4 with three RBIs to highlight an 18-hit offense as the Hanshin Tigers crushed the Hiroshima Carp 14-1 in the Central League on Tuesday.
Kubota (2-1) opened the scoring at Hiroshima Stadium with an RBI single in the second inning and drove home another two runs on a two-out double in the seventh to extend the lead to 8-0 before the Tigers went on to win their fourth straight game.
“My last two outings didn’t go too well, so I was really focused today. It’s too bad I couldn’t pitch a complete-game shutout,” said the second-year right-hander who struck out seven and allowed Greg Larocca a solo shot in the seventh for his only mistake.
After Kubota drew a walk and Norihiro Akahoshi singled to load the bases with none out in the fourth, Atsushi Fujimoto connected for a grand slam off Kan Otake (2-2) for the first of the team’s four homers. George Arias, Mike Kinkade and Makoto Imaoka all homered in the sixth-run ninth.
BayStars 4, Giants 3
At Yokohama Stadium, Katsuaki Furuki hit the team’s fourth solo shot of the evening off Koji Uehara (2-3) in the seventh inning to break a tie as the BayStars scored all runs on homers en route to its first victory in four games after dropping the series opener against Yomiuri.
Takuro Ishii and Seiichi Uchikawa hit back-to-back homers in the first and Shuichi Murata connected in the fifth. Takeharu Kato (1-1) worked 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for the win and Kazuhiro Sasaki got the final three outs on two flyouts and a strikeout for his eighth save in nine games.
The BayStars and the Giants both had even .500 records coming into the game.
Swallows 4, Dragons 2
At Jingu Stadium, Atsunori Inaba hit a two-run homer off Domingo Guzman (1-2) after a 17-minute rain delay to cap a three-run fourth inning in Yakult’s come-from-behind win over Chunichi. It was Inaba’s second homer in as many games.
Hirotoshi Ishii, who got the final four outs for the save, saw the first home run of his career when he carried a Hitoki Iwase slider into right-center field bleachers in the eighth.
Katsutoshi Ishido (4-1) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings of work while recording three wild pitches.
Lions 4, Buffaloes 0
At Seibu Dome, Fumiya Nishiguchi and five pitchers combined on a six-hit shutout and Jose Fernandez contributed with a two-run homer as the Lions blanked Kintetsu.
Fighters 9, Hawks 7
At Fukuoka Dome, Tsuyoshi Shinjo hit an RBI sacrifice fly off Akio Mizuta (3-3) with one out and two on for the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and Hichori Morimoto followed with an RBI single to left for insurance as Nippon Ham came from behind to beat Daiei.
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Harai breaks jaw
KOBE (Kyodo) Chiba Lotte Marines infielder Kazuya Harai, who was hit in the face by an in-play ball on Monday, was diagnosed with a broken jaw and a cut in his upper lip that required six stitches, officials of the Pacific League club said Tuesday.
The 35-year-old Harai was immediately replaced and taken to a hospital after the ball bounced off the ground and hit him while he was defending in the 10th inning of a game against the Orix BlueWave at Yahoo BB Stadium.
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