OSAKA – Ryan Glynn pitched seven solid innings and Atsunori Inaba hit a tiebreaking double as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters beat the Orix Buffaloes 3-1 on Sunday.
Glynn (7-3) won his sixth consecutive decision after holding Orix to one run and five hits before Hisashi Takeda worked the eighth and Micheal Nakamura closed out the ninth for his 17th save at Kyocera Dome.
Pacific League leaders Nippon Ham opened the scoring on a Fernando Seguignol solo homer in the second and went ahead 3-1 in the sixth on Inaba’s RBI double and Orix’s defensive miscue. Lance Carter (1-4) was charged with three runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Marines 4, Hawks 2
At Fukuoka’s Yahoo Dome, Daisuke Hayakawa went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and Naoyuki Shimizu threw 6 1/3 effective innings as Chiba Lotte held off Fukuoka Softbank.
Hayakawa doubled and scored on a two-out single by Saburo Omura in the first inning before having another double leading off a three-run third keyed by an RBI single from Tomoya Satozaki and a sacrifice fly by Naotaka Takehara.
Lions 10, Eagles 1
At Goodwill Dome, Takumi Kuriyama had a two-run double in the first inning among his three hits as Seibu extended its winning streak to four games with a rout of Tohoku Rakuten.
Left-hander Kazuyuki Hoashi (1-0) limited the Eagles to one run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings in his first appearance of the season.
Seibu pounded out 18 hits, with six of the nine starters having at least two hits. Hiroki Yamamura (4-1) was roughed up for five runs and 13 hits in 5 2/3 innings for Rakuten, which suffered a three-game sweep.
Giants 9, Carp 6
At Hiroshima Stadium, Shinnosuke Abe delivered a go-ahead two-run single as Yomiuri scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat the Carp.
Abe’s two-out single to left off Hiroshima closer Katsuhiro Nagakawa (2-5) scored runners from second and third after a one-out RBI single by Yoshitomo Tani pulled Yomiuri within a run.
The Giants added two runs on RBI doubles from Tomohiro Nioka and Lee Seung Yeop, who was 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and three RBIs.
Yushi Aida (3-1) won in relief of Hisanori Takahashi, who surrendered six runs in 7 1/3 innings. Koji Uehara picked up his 12th save.
Hiroshima had a 6-4 lead through eight innings as Takahiro Arai hit a grand slam in the third and a solo shot in the eighth.
Swallows 7, Dragons 6
At Akita Komachi Stadium, Alex Ramirez homered and drove in four runs to lead Tokyo Yakult to a come-from-behind victory over Chunichi.
Ramirez tied the game at 3-3 with an RBI double in a three-run sixth inning and hit a three-run homer off Shinya Okamoto (2-1) to cap a four-run seventh that put the Swallows ahead 7-3.
Chunichi suffered its fourth straight loss. Yuhei Takai (2-2) won in relief, while Masataka Endo got the final four outs to pick up his first save since 1998.
Yakult leadoff hitter Norichika Aoki went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles, raising his league-leading batting average to .375.
Tigers 5, BayStars 1
At Yokohama Stadium, Rookie right-hander Keiji Uezono threw five solid innings and helped his own cause with a tiebreaking sacrifice fly as Hanshin defeated Yokohama.
Uezono (2-0) limited the BayStars to one run and four hits while hitting a sacrifice fly to put the Tigers up 2-1 in the fifth.
Katsuhiko Saka had his first career homer with a solo shot in the third. Tomoaki Kanemoto also homered off Hayato Terahara (6-5).