Michihiro Ogasawara went 4-for-4 with two solo homers and Tetsuya Utsumi threw seven solid innings, leading the Yomiuri Giants to an 8-1 victory over the Chunichi Dragons on Friday.
BayStars on Friday. Yokohama beat Hiroshima 8-4.
Ogasawara doubled and scored on a single by Tomohiro Nioka in a four-run first inning after Yoshitomo Tani opened the scoring with a two-run homer to left at Tokyo Dome.
Yomiuri made it 5-0 in the second when Ogasawara hit an opposite-field homer into the left-field seats off Kenshin Kawakami (1-2), who lasted just two innings.
Utsumi (5-1) held Chunichi to one run — a fourth-inning homer by Norihiro Nakamura — and seven hits, striking six and walking one.
Ogasawara added his ninth home run of the season in the seventh. Yoshinobu Takahashi also cleared the fence in the eighth.
BayStars 8, Carp 4
At Yokohama Stadium, Hitoshi Taneda hit a pinch-hit three-run homer as Yokohama rallied to beat Hiroshima.
Taneda connected off Takayuki Oshima (0-1) to cap a five-run fourth inning that put the BayStars ahead 6-4. Takahiro Saeki and Shuichi Murata added solo home runs in the fifth and seventh, respectively.
Tigers 5, Swallows 3
At Jingu Stadium, Lin Wei-zhu and Tomoaki Kanemoto hit back-to-back homers in the fifth inning as Hanshin held off Tokyo Yakult.
Lin’s two-run shot and Kanemoto’s solo drive, both off Kosuke Matsui (1-2), pushed the Tigers’ lead to 5-1 before Aaron Guiel pulled the Swallows to within two runs with a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning.
Marines 9, Hawks 5
At Chiba Marine Stadium, Takeshi Aono led off an eight-run fifth inning with a tiebreaking home run as Chiba Lotte defeated Fukuoka Softbank.
Toshiaki Imae hit a three-run homer to cap the eight-run outburst and finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs.
Yasutomo Kubo (3-2) got the win after giving up five runs and nine hits in 7 2/3 innings. Nagisa Arakaki (3-3) was charged with seven runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Eagles 7, Buffaloes 5
At Skymark Stadium, Yosuke Takasu went 4-for-5 with an RBI as Tohoku Rakuten defeated Orix in a 28-hit slugfest.
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