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Kenta Nakanishi and Hiroki Kokubo homered to lead the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks to a 7-3 win over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows on Tuesday.

The Hawks extended their winning streak to five games with the win at Yahoo Dome.

Nakanishi hit his first career homer that turned a one-run deficit into a 2-1 lead in the fourth and Kokubo made it 3-1 with his drive in the fifth, followed by consecutive RBI doubles by Takeshi Tsuji, Kenta Nakanishi and Katsuki Yamazaki.

Tsuyoshi Wada (6-1) held Yakult to a run in six innings.

Lions 7, BayStars 3

At Seibu Dome, Toru Hosokawa, Takeya Nakamura and Takahiko G.G. Sato all homered as Saitama Seibu beat Yokohama in interleague play.

Hosokawa singled in two runs to put the Lions ahead 3-1 in the fourth inning and hit his second home run in as many games with a solo shot that made it 6-3 in the sixth.

Nakamura and Sato, who leads the Pacific League in home runs, also connected in the second and seventh, respectively, in a 12-hit attack by PL front-runner Seibu.

Fumiya Nishiguchi (2-3) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings. Yuki Yoshimura hit a pair of solo homers for Yokohama, whose starter Yasuhiro Oyamada (1-3) gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Fighters 4, Carp 2

At Sapporo Dome, Ryan Glynn took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in his first complete-game victory of the season and Terrmel Sledge went 3-for-4 with an RBI hit, leading Hokkaido Nippon Ham past Hiroshima.

Sledge opened the scoring with a fourth-inning RBI single and the Fighters scored a run each in the next three frames on a Kazuya Murata groundout, a wild pitch by Ben Kozlowski and an Atsunori Inaba sacrifice fly.

Soichiro Amaya and Kenta Kurihara homered off Glynn (3-7) in the ninth after pinch-hitter Shigeru Morikasa hit a two-out single to break the right-hander’s no-hit bid in the eighth. Kan Otake (2-7) took the loss.

Buffaloes 8, Giants 3

At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Takeshi Hidaka broke a sixth-inning tie with a two-run single as Orix handed Yomiuri its fourth straight loss.

Hidaka drove in another run with a sacrifice fly, followed by a Keiji Obiki two-run triple and a Mitsutaka Goto two-run homer, in a five-run eighth inning.

Kazuki Kondo (5-4) pitched six innings of one-run ball for the Buffaloes, while Tetsuya Utsumi (3-4) took the loss.

Alex Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 26 games with a sixth-inning single for the Giants.

Eagles 11, Tigers 4

At Sendai’s Kleenex Stadium, Toshiya Nakashima and Rick Short each drove in three runs as Tohoku Rakuten routed Central League leader Hanshin.

Nakashima went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and a two-run double and Short had a pair of run-scoring doubles, helping Rakuten to a 10-3 lead through six innings.

Masahiro Tanaka (6-3) allowed four runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings for Rakuten. Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (5-1) lasted only three innings, his shortest outing of the season.

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Ramirez earns MVP

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Yomiuri Giants outfielder Alex Ramirez won his sixth career monthly MVP award on Tuesday when the Central League named him the best position player for the month of May.

Ramirez led the league with a .414 batting average, 10 homers, 29 RBIs and 41 hits, receiving the honor for the first time since last September when he was with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.

Hiroshima Carp right-hander Colby Lewis was named the CL monthly MVP in the category for pitchers for the first time after going 4-1 with a 1.60 ERA in six starts.

The Pacific League selected Softbank Hawks left-hander Toshiya Sugiuchi and Seibu Lions outfielder Takahiko G.G. Sato for its monthly MVP awards.

Sugiuchi went 4-0 with a 0.86 ERA in five starts, winning the award for a PL record-tying fifth time.

Sato batted .389 with 35 hits, nine homers and 23 RBIs — league highs in all those categories — for his first MVP honor.


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