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Craig Brazell homered and drove in five runs as the Saitama Seibu Lions completed a three-game sweep of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles with a 14-5 rout on Wednesday.

Brazell opened the scoring with a two-run double in the first inning and extended Seibu’s lead to 7-2 in the fifth with a three-run shot off Domingo Guzman (2-6) in Pacific League action at Seibu Dome.

Yoshihito Ishii, Akira Eto and Takeya Nakamura all homered in a five-run seventh for the Lions. Brazell and Ishii finished with three hits each.

Rookie right-hander Masamitsu Hirano (1-0) allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings for his first career win.

Marines 3, Fighters 2

At Sapporo Dome, Saburo Omura drove in two runs in a 3-for-4 performance and Naoyuki Shimizu pitched 6 2/3 strong innings as Chiba Lotte pulled out a tight win over Hokkaido Nippon Ham.

Omura hit an RBI single to open the scoring in the fifth inning, before his run-scoring double put Lotte 2-1 ahead and Naotaka Takehara followed with an RBI single in the seventh.

Shimizu (8-6) allowed two runs and eight hits while Tadahiro Ogino picked up his 14th save. Shugo Fujii (2-5) yielded three runs in six-plus innings.

Buffaloes 5, Hawks 4

At Fukuoka’s Yahoo Dome, Masahiro Abe hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning as Orix came from behind to beat Softbank.

Tomotaka Sakaguchi’s sacrifice fly tied the game at 4-4 before Abe’s hit to center gave Orix the lead for good. The eighth-inning rally came after a three-run homer by Munenori Kawasaki gave Softbank a 4-3 lead in the fifth.

Akio Shimizu (4-0) won in relief. Yang Yao-xun (0-1) gave up two runs in one-third of an inning. Daisuke Kato took his PL-leading 22nd save.


Giants 5, Tigers 0

At Koshien Stadium, Michihiro Ogasawara and Alex Ramirez drove in two runs apiece in a four-run sixth inning as Yomiuri defeated Hanshin.

Ogasawara broke a scoreless tie with a bases-loaded, two-run double and Ramirez followed with a single to score two more against Ryan Vogelsong (2-2) in the sixth.

Seth Greisinger (10-6) went 6 1/3 innings to combine with three relievers on a five-hit shutout. Takahiro Suzuki had three hits and scored two runs for Yomiuri.

BayStars 6, Swallows 4

At Jingu Stadium, Shuichi Murata, Ryoji Aikawa and Yuki Yoshimura homered to lead Yokohama to a come-from-behind victory over Tokyo Yakult.

Murata hit his Japanese baseball-leading 28th homer of the season with a solo shot in the second inning. A solo homer by Aikawa pulled Yokohama to 4-3 in the fourth before Yoshimura’s three-run drive off Masanori Ishikawa (8-7) turned the game around an inning later.

Carp 8, Dragons 3

At Nagoya Dome, Kenta Kurihara went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs as Hiroshima beat Chunichi to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Kurihara singled in a run in the third inning and hit a go-ahead three-run homer to highlight a five-run fifth inning that put Hiroshima ahead 6-2.


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