YOKOHAMA – Hiroki Kokubo homered three times and drove in five runs Wednesday to power the Yomiuri Giants to a 7-0 victory over the BayStars at Yokohama Stadium.
the season Wednesday at Invoice Seibu Dome. The Lions won 8-1.
Kokubo delivered a three-run blast in the fourth inning, connected for a solo drive in the sixth and went deep again with a solo homer in the eighth — the first time he has ever homered in three consecutive at-bats.
Scott Mullen (6-7) snapped a three-game personal losing streak and pitched his first shutout in his second year in Japan. He scattered seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts over the distance, helping Yomiuri end a three-game skid.
Ryotaro Doi (7-8) allowed six runs in eighth innings in taking the loss.
Carp 8, Tigers 1
At Hiroshima Stadium, Tomonori Maeda and Kenta Kurihara homered and had three RBIs apiece, helping the Carp halt first-place Hanshin’s three-game winning streak.
Southpaw Takayuki Oshima (1-0) earned his first career win, pitching one-run ball over 6 2/3 sharp innings.
Maeda hit a two-run blast in the second and Kurihara keyed a four-run sixth with a three-run drive to right to stretch the lead.
Dragons 3, Swallows 1
In Hitachinaka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Kenta Asakura (5-5) limited the damage to one run in seven-plus effective innings, and Hirokazu Ibata went 3-for-3 and drove in a run as Chunichi scraped past Yakult to win its third in a row.
Hawks 2, Marines 1
At Chiba Marine Stadium, Kazumi Saito threw a four-hitter in a duel with Shunsuke Watanabe and Julio Zuleta hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning, lifting league-leading Softbank past Chiba Lotte.
Lions 8, Fighters 1
At Invoice Seibu Dome, Jose Fernandez, Alex Cabrera, Toru Hosokawa and Takeya Nakamura homered in a 14-hit attack to help make a winner of Daisuke Matsuzaka (10-12), who posted double-digit wins for the third consecutive year with a 12-strikeout effort.
Eagles 4, Buffaloes 1
At Fullcast Stadium in Sendai, Koichi Isobe had a run-scoring single and another run scored on third baseman Makoto Shiozaki’s error in the third inning as Rakuten went on to snap a season worst 11 game losing streak, beating Hidetaka Kawagoe (5-7) and Orix.
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