Kazuki Inoue hit a go-ahead homer and Alex Ochoa drove in four runs Saturday night as the Chunichi Dragons beat the Yomiuri Giants 10-7 for their 10th straight victory.
Inoue connected off Takahiko Nomaguchi (3-3) for a two-run homer that made it 2-1 in the second inning, before the Dragons sent 10 batters to the plate to score five times on seven hits in the fourth en route to narrowing the gap on the Central League-leading Hanshin Tigers to four games.
Kosuke Fukudome ignited the big inning with an RBI double, followed by two-run singles from Ochoa and Masahiro Araki.
Ochoa added two runs with a seventh-inning RBI double and Fukudome had a solo homer in the ninth to make it 10-4.
The Giants lost their third in a row and dropped 10 games under .500 for the first time in eight years.
Swallows 13, Tigers 0
At Koshien Stadium, Akinori Iwamura went 4-for-5 with a key homer and three RBIs and Shohei Tateyama posted his first career complete-game victory with a four-hit shutout, leading Yakult to a rout of Hanshin.
Iwamura hit a two-run homer off Jamie Brown (4-1) in the first inning.
BayStars at Carp: Late
Hawks 6, Marines 0
In Fukuoka, Toshiya Sugiuchi struck out nine in eight shutout innings to post his PL-high 14th win as Softbank blanked Chiba Lotte.
Sugiuchi (14-2) tossed a five-hitter in a duel against Naoyuki Shimizu (7-8) at Yahoo Dome while receiving run support from a 15-hit offense. Eight of the Hawks’ starting nine had at least one hit.
Naoyuki Omura and Tony Batista drove in two runs apiece, and Nobuhiko Matsunaka went 2-for-3 and recorded his 1,000th career hit in the win.
Buffaloes 3, Fighters 1
In Kushiro, Hokkaido, Masahiro Abe hit a bases-loaded single and rookie Yu Darvish (2-1) uncorked a run-scoring wild pitch in a three-run fifth inning as Orix beat Hokkaido Nippon Ham.
Masato Yoshii (5-0) limited the damage to a run and five hits in five innings of work to maintain his perfect record.
Eagles 6, Lions 3 (11)
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