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Tomochika Tsuboi and Makoto Kaneko hit back-to-back RBI doubles in a three-run rally in the ninth inning as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters beat the Seibu Lions 8-6 on Sunday to extend their winning streak to five games.

Tsuboi’s pinch-hit double tied the game at 6-6 with one out in the top of the ninth. Kaneko followed with a double of his own and Yoshio Itoi added a run-scoring single two batters later at Seibu Dome.

The Fighters took sole possession of the lead in the Pacific League. Naoki Miyanishi (1-0) won in relief.

Chikara Onodera (1-1) gave up three runs on four hits in the ninth. Hiroyuki Nakajima drove in three runs with a pair of singles for the Lions.

Buffaloes 15, Eagles 0

At Tokyo Dome, Tuffy Rhodes, Jose Fernandez and Alex Cabrera had a total of four homers and eight RBIs as Orix routed Tohoku Rakuten to snap a three-game losing skid.

Rhodes hit a pair of solo home runs, in the second and fourth innings, among his three hits. Fernandez had a two-run shot and finished 4-for-4 with three RBIs, while Cabrera’s three-run homer keyed an eight-run fourth.

Mamoru Kishida (2-0) pitched his first career shutout, scattering eight hits and a walk. Darrell Rasner (1-1) lasted only 3 1/3 innings.

Hawks 12, Marines 5

At Chiba Marine Stadium, Hiroki Kokubo went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs as Softbank outslugged Chiba Lotte.

Kokubo had an RBI single to ignite a four-run fifth that put Softbank ahead 7-5 and added a three-run shot in a five-run eighth.

Toshiya Sugiuchi (2-0) allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings. Hiroyuki Kobayashi (0-2) was roughed up for seven runs in five innings.


Swallows 8, Carp 2

At Jingu Stadium, Keizo Kawashima came within a double of hitting for the cycle and drove in four runs to power Yakult to its fourth straight win.

Kawashima had a two-run triple to open the scoring in the third inning, hit a two-run homer in the fifth and singled in the seventh. The Swallows had four consecutive hits to add two runs in the sixth.

Ryo Kawashima (2-1) limited the damage to two runs in six innings, striking out six and walking three.

Giants 6, Dragons 5

At Nagoya Dome, Shinnosuke Abe and Hayato Sakamoto drove in two runs apiece as Yomiuri completed a three-game sweep of Chunichi.

Abe hit a game-tying triple and Sakamoto followed with a base hit off Maximo Nelson (0-1) to put the Giants up 6-5 in the fifth inning.

Kentaro Nishimura (1-0) picked up the win in relief of Hisanori Takahashi. The Dragons dropped their fourth straight game.

BayStars 4, Tigers 2

At Yokohama Stadium, Seiichi Uchikawa hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the fifth inning and Takehiro Ishikawa tripled in two runs in the sixth.

The Tigers managed only one run after loading the bases with no outs in the fourth and ended up having their winning streak snapped at three games.

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