Fukudome’s six RBIs puts knife into BayStars


Kosuke Fukudome went 5-for-5 with six RBIs and homered twice, powering the Chunichi Dragons to an 8-1 triumph over the Yokohama BayStars in the Central League on Sunday.

News photoHiroki Kokubo hits his second home run of the game as the Yomiuri Giants trounce the Yakult Swallows 14-3.

Fukudome’s first homer came on a two-run shot to put Chunichi on the board in the second and he tacked on another run on a double to left field in the third at Nagoya Dome.

A three-run blast by Fukudome capped the scoring in the eighth, helping to make a winner out of Masafumi Hirai (2-3), who gave up one run in six innings of work.

Ken Kadokura (0-2) was sent to an early shower after recording just two outs in the opening frame for the BayStars, who hammered out 11 hits but scored just once.

Giants 14, Swallows 3

At Tokyo Dome, Takayuki Shimizu, Shinnosuke Abe and Makoto Osuga each homered and Hiroki Kokubo drove in five runs and went deep twice in a long-ball hit parade that powered Yomiuri to victory over Yakult.

Yuya Kubo (3-2) surrendered 11 hits but limited the damage to three runs in a 116-pitch complete game effort. The Giants jumped out to an 11-0 lead in the first two innings, featuring Abe’s 21st homer of the season in the seven-run second.

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