YOKOHAMA – Kosuke Fukudome and Alex Ochoa homered and combined for four RBIs to help the Chunichi Dragons extend their winning streak to four games with a 5-2 win over the Yokohama BayStars on Tuesday night.
Fukudome opened the scoring with an RBI double and Ochoa followed with a two-run shot to cap a three-run third inning before Chunichi added two runs in the eighth on a Fukudome homer and an RBI single by Masahiko Morino.
Rookie right-hander Kenichi Nakata (8-2) held Yokohama to a run on five hits in 7 2/3 innings of work in winning his sixth straight start.
Hitoki Iwase picked up his league-leading 43rd save.
Daisuke Miura (10-9) took the loss after giving up five runs on eight hits and four walks over eight innings.
With the Dragons’ win, the Hanshin Tigers’ magic number to clinch the league title remained at three.
Hawks 6, Eagles 3
At Fukuoka’s Yahoo Dome, Julio Zuleta hit his 41st and 42nd homers of the season and drove in three runs as Softbank downed Tohoku Rakuten.
The Hawks took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a Tony Batista RBI double and Zuleta’s two-run shot. Mitsuru Homma led off the second with a homer off Rakuten starter Hideki Asai (2-5) to make it 4-0.
Naoki Matoba increased the lead to five runs with an RBI double one out later to back Tsuyoshi Wada (12-8), who held the Eagles to one run and five hits in five innings of work.
Zuleta blasted his second home run of the night in the fifth after Rakuten cut the lead to 5-1 on a Manabu Satake inside-the-park home run.
Buffaloes 5, Lions 2
At Invoice Seibu Dome, Yoshitomo Tani and Arihito Muramatsu each hit two-run singles as Orix beat the Lions to snap its four-game losing skid.
The result ensured that Seibu will finish the regular season with a losing record for the first time in nine years.
Marines 0, Fighters 0 (12)
At Sapporo Dome, Lotte right-hander Hiroyuki Kobayashi and Hokkadio Nippon Ham lefty Hideki Sunaga both pitched nine scoreless innings and the two teams were unable to break a scoreless deadlock after 12 innings.
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