YOKOHAMA – Seiichi Uchikawa homered three times to drive in four runs, powering the Yokohama BayStars to a 9-5 victory over the Yomiuri Giants in the Central League on Tuesday.
Uchikawa hit homers in three consecutive at-bats — two off Hiroshi Kisanuki (2-3), who got roughed up for five runs in three-plus innings at Yokohama Stadium.
Pete Walker (2-2) won with run support, despite allowing five runs on seven hits while walking three in five innings of work. Tuffy Rhodes homered twice, his 17th and 18th of the season, for Yomiuri but it was not enough.
Swallows 13, Tigers 10
At Jingu Stadium, Akinori Iwamura hit two home runs to drive in five runs and Atsunori Inaba connected for a solo blast — all off Tomoyuki Kubota (3-1) — as Yakult beat Hanshin in a 14-hit attack.
Yakult erupted for five runs in the sixth but Hanshin rallied on homers by Tomoaki Kanemoto and Shinjiro Hiyama in a five-run seventh.
First-place Hanshin fell to 8-5 in May with five one-run victories before Tuesday’s game.
Dragons 4, Carp 3
At Hiroshima Stadium, Alex Ochoa and Motonobu each homered in a three-run fourth inning and Domigo Guzman (2-2) pitched one-run ball over six strong innings for a win over the Carp, who stranded 12 runners in a loss to the Dragons.
Kosuke Fukudome added a cushion with a sacrifice fly in the eighth and Eiji Ochiai limited the damage to a solo blast to Greg Larocca in the ninth before closing out for his fifth, sending Hiroshima one game below .500.
Lions 14, BlueWave 5
In Kobe, Jose Fernandez hit a two-run homer and first-place Seibu scored five times on six hits in the fourth inning en route to a triumph over Orix.
Fernandez homered off Jason Phillips (1-2) in the first and drove in a pair of runs on a double in the fourth in their game at Yahoo BB Stadium.
Hiroyuki Nakajima’s three-run drive capped a four-run sixth as the Seibu took a lead of 11-4 and went on to out hit Orix 22-13.
Fighters 6, Marines 5
At Chiba Marine Stadium, Tomochika Tsuboi drove home the game-tying run with a double in the ninth and Tsutomu Ishimoto singled off Masahide Kobayashi (2-4) for the go-ahead as Nippon Ham came from behind to send Lotte to its fifth defeat in six games.
Matt Franco hit a solo shot that made it 5-4 after Lotte squandered a four-run lead in the top of the seventh.
Hawks 4, Buffaloes 2
At Fukuoka Dome, Kenji Jojima belted a two-run homer off Kevin Beirne (3-1) in the three-run fourth inning and Pedro Valdes added insurance with a solo shot in the fifth in Daiei’s come-from-behind victory over Kintetsu.
Tuffy in hot water
Yomiuri Giants slugger Tuffy Rhodes possessed an expired international driver’s license when police questioned him for a parking violation earlier this month, police sources said late Monday.
According to the police, Rhodes, 35, presented an expired international license while being questioned for illegal parking on a road in Tokyo’s Minato Ward on May 6.
Rhodes’s case will be sent to prosecutors since as a foreign driver he is not subject to the same rules under the Japanese system for traffic violations.
Yomiuri team officials said they have reprimanded the outfielder and he has apologized for his carelessness.
Rhodes, a former player with the Boston Red Sox, tied the single-season home run mark of 55 in 2001 and also became the 28th player to hit 300 homers in Japanese pro baseball history.
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