SENDAI – Tomoaki Sato drove in four runs to help lead the Seibu Lions to their first three-game winning streak this season in a 5-2 victory over the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles on Saturday.
Sato had a two-run single in the fifth inning and hit a two-run triple to break a 2-2 tie with two outs in the ninth in Pacific League action at Kleenex Stadium.
Seibu added another run the same frame on reliever Shinichiro Koyama’s balk.
Chikara Onodera (1-0) picked up the win in relief and Alex Graman got his second save. Kohei Hasebe (0-1) was charged with five runs in 8 2/3 innings.
Buffaloes 5, Marines 2
At Kyocera Dome, Takeshi Hidaka and Tuffy Rhodes both hit two-run homers as Orix held off Chiba Lotte.
Hidaka went deep to right in the second inning and Rhodes connected to left-center in the third, both off right-hander Hiroyuki Kobayashi (0-1). Orix scored another run on Kobayashi’s wild pitch.
Kazuki Kondo (2-0) limited the damage to two runs while scattering six hits in six-plus innings and four relievers shut the door to send Bobby Valentine’s team to a fourth consecutive defeat.
Fighters 9, Hawks 0
Carp 2, Dragons 0
At Mazda Stadium, Kenta Maeda threw a five-hit shutout as Hiroshima beat Chunichi to pick up its first win at its brand new home.
Maeda (2-0) struck out three and walked none in a 118-pitch outing. Akinobu Shimizu (0-1) was charged with the loss in relief of Taiwanese starter Chen Wei-yin, who pitched seven shutout innings.
Hiroshima loaded the bases on three walks in the eighth and pinch hitters Koichi Ogata and Takuro Ishii drew consecutive walks to break the deadlock.
Swallows 3, BayStars 0
At Yokohama Stadium, Yasuhiro Ichiba combined with four relievers on a six-hit shutout of Yokohama and got his first win for Yakult since being traded from Tohoku Rakuten.
Ichiba (1-0) yielded four hits in five innings and got in and out of jams as he struggled to contain his wildness, walking two and hitting three batters.
Aaron Guiel had a run-scoring double and Shinya Miyamoto followed with a two-run single in the opening frame off Ryan Glynn (0-2). Yokohama fell to its seventh loss in eight games.
Giants 4, Tigers 1
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