SAPPORO – Hiroyuki Nakajima went 3-for-5 with a pair of solo homers and Takumi Kuriyama hit a two-run home run Wednesday as the Seibu Lions beat the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 8-6 for their third straight victory.
Nakajima homered in the first and sixth innings, while Kuriyama’s two-run drive off Ryan Glynn (3-11) capped a four-run second that gave Seibu the lead for good at 5-1 at Sapporo Dome.
Hideaki Wakui (7-6) allowed four runs and eight hits in seven innings. Alex Graman closed out the ninth for his 15th save.
Seibu increased its Pacific League lead to three games over Nippon Ham, which dropped three of its last four.
Eagles 4, Marines 0
At Sendai’s Kleenex Stadium, Hiroshi Katayama pitched a three-hit shutout for his first career win and Fuminori Yokogawa hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning, leading Tohoku Rakuten over Chiba Lotte.
Katayama (1-1) limited the Marines to three singles in the second start of his career, striking out seven and walking three.
Yosuke Takasu broke a seventh-inning scoreless tie with an RBI single and Yokogawa followed with a shot to right off Yuta Omine (0-1).
Buffaloes 7, Hawks 6
Giants 7, Swallows 5
At Tokyo Dome, Shigeyuki Furuki belted a tiebreaking two-run homer off reliever Takehiko Oshimoto (2-2) in a four-run eighth inning as Yomiuri rallied past Tokyo Yakult.
Yasushi Iihara broke a 3-3 tie with an RBI single in a two-run eighth for the Swallows, but the Giants retook the lead in the bottom half, highlighted by Furuki’s drive to right after a Yoshinobu Takahashi RBI single and Takuya Kimura’s sacrifice fly.
Koji Uehara (1-4) got his first win of the season, despite allowing three runs — one earned — in two innings of relief. Marc Kroon picked up his 20th save.
BayStars 4, Carp 3
At Fukushima Azuma Stadium, Tatsuhiko Kinjo hit a three-run homer to cap a four-run first inning as Yokohama held off Hiroshima.
Kinjo followed a Larry Bigbie run-scoring single with a shot off Masayuki Hasegawa (3-6), putting the BayStars up 4-0. Alex Ochoa and Koichi Ogata singled in runs and Akihiro Higashide hit a sacrifice fly to help Hiroshima pull within a run after four innings.
The Yokohama bullpen kept the Carp at bay the rest of the way and Hiroki Sanada (1-0) threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief to earn his first win since joining Yokohama from Yomiuri last month. Hayato Terahara picked up his 10th save.