Designated hitter Julio Zuleta drove in three runs Saturday to lead the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Daiei Hawks to a 5-1 win over the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes.
Zuleta’s double to right in the bottom of the fifth inning at Fukuoka Dome allowed three runs to score as the Hawks took a 4-0 lead.
Tadahito Iguchi chipped in with a pair of RBIs for the Hawks, who went into Saturday’s game with a slim 1 1/2-game lead over the Seibu Lions in the Pacific League standings.
Daiei starter Lindsay Gulin (8-3) picked up the win after holding the Buffaloes to four hits over five scoreless innings.
Kintetsu starter Tetsuro Kawajiri gave up four runs on eight hits over four innings to take the loss as the Buffaloes dropped their seventh straight game.
BlueWave 3, Marines 1
At Chiba Marine Stadium, Masahiko Kaneda struck out nine and tossed a four-hitter while giving up one run over eight innings as Orix downed Lotte to snap the Marines’ five-game winning streak.
Keiichi Hirano hit a solo homer off Dan Serafini in the top of the seventh to give the BlueWave a 2-0 lead.
The Marines scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to make it 2-1 but Takeshi Yamasaki drove in a run with an RBI single in the eighth to widen the lead.
Lions 10, Fighters 4
At Seibu Dome, Jose Fernandez hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Masahide Kaizuka and Alex Cabrera added solo shots to lead the second-place Lions past Nippon Ham.
BayStars 7, Giants 2
At Tokyo Dome, pinch-hitter Takanori Suzuki drove in a pair of runs as Yokohama scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning on its way to a win over Yomiuri.
With runners on second and third, Suzuki’s opposite field single down the left field line off reliever Bryan Corey gave the BayStars a comfortable four-run lead.
Dragons 10, Swallows 7
At Jingu Stadium, Motonobu Tanishige went 3-for-5 and drove in three runs as front-running Chunichi scored nine runs in the final two innings for a come-from-behind win over Yakult.
Tanishige drove in a run in the eight and a pair of runs in the ninth when the Dragons scored five runs to complete the comeback win.
Carp 8, Tigers 4
At Osaka Dome, Yoshinori Ogata and Shigeru Morikasa each drove in a pair of runs as Hiroshima scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning on its way to a win over Hanshin.
Hiroshima starter Takaya Kawauchi picked up the win after holding the Tigers to two runs on four hits over five innings.
FUKUOKA (Kyodo) Fukuoka Daiei Hawks lefty Lindsay Gulin broke his left thumb in a game against the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes on Saturday and will be sidelined for at least three weeks, team officials said.
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