Hiroyuki Kobayashi stretched his personal winning streak to seven games in a complete-game effort Tuesday as the Lotte Marines secured at least a share of first place in interleague play with an 8-2 win over the Yakult Swallows.
Kobayashi (9-2) also doubled home a run to cap a two-run second inning as all of the starting nine had at least a hit at Jingu Stadium.
The Marines have won 23 out of 34 interleague games played so far. But they could be joined at the top by the Softbank Hawks and forced to share the 50 million yen top prize money if the Hawks win their last two games.
Giants 9, Eagles 3
At Tokyo Dome, Yomiuri sent 10 batters to the plate in a five-run first inning and Tuffy Rhodes hit a two-run homer off Hideki Asai (1-1) in the fourth for his career 350th homer in Japan as Rakuten failed to win three straight games for the second time this season.
Buffaloes 4, Dragons 1
At Nagoya Dome, Yoshitomo Tani hit a tie-breaking single in the fifth inning and Karim Garcia, who returned to the top team for the first time since May 5, ensured victory with a two-run homer in the eighth as Orix defeated Chunichi.
Fighters 3, Carp 0
At Sapporo Dome, Tomoyuki Oda drove in a pair of runs in support of Ken Kamakura (4-3), who walked none and pitched a four-hitter over 7 1/3 shutout innings to set the tone and lift Nippon Ham over Hiroshima for its second victory in 15 games, including two ties.
Tigers 4, Lions 0
At Invoice Seibu Dome, Takashi Toritani put Hanshin on the board with a no-out single in the third inning and pinch hitter Osamu Hamanaka added a bases-loaded, two-run single off Daisuke Matsuzaka (4-8) in the sixth in a shutout victory over the Lions.
Hawks 6, BayStars 2
At Yahoo Dome, Jolbert Cabrera led off the fifth inning with a game-tying homer and Naoyuki Omura followed with an RBI single one out later as Softbank turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead and held on to beat Yokohama.
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