SAPPORO – Shinji Tsuruoka and Makoto Kaneko drove in seven runs between them as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters trounced the Yomiuri Giants 16-6 on Tuesday, the first day of interleague play.
After hitting back-to-back RBI singles in a four-run fourth inning that put Nippon Ham up 4-3, Tsuruoka doubled in three runs and Kaneko followed with a shot over the left-field wall in a six-run fifth at Sapporo Dome.
Eiichi Koyano had four of the Fighters’ season-high 20 hits. Tomohiro Nioka had three hits and two RBIs against his former team.
Tomoya Yagi (4-0) allowed three runs and four hits in five-plus innings. Hisanori Takahashi (2-1) was charged with six runs in four-plus innings.
Marines 2, BayStars 1
At Chiba Marine Stadium, Toshiaki Imae doubled in the go-ahead run in the eighth, his third hit of the night, as Chiba Lotte handed Yokohama its fifth consecutive defeat.
Yuki Karakawa (4-2) struck out 10, allowed five hits and walked none in his second complete game of the season. Yuya Ishii (0-5) took the loss.
The BayStars were playing their first game under acting manager Tomio Tashiro.
Carp 9, Buffaloes 1
At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Masato Akamatsu homered twice and drove in six runs as Hiroshima beat Orix to end a four-game winless streak.
Yoshiyuki Ishihara and Akamatsu each hit two-run homers in the third and fifth innings off Kazuki Kondo (3-3), respectively. Akamatsu added a grand slam to cap a five-run ninth.
Kan Otake (3-1) scattered three hits and two walks over seven innings, extending his scoreless streak to 31 innings.
Swallows 7, Eagles 3
At Kleenex Stadium, Ryoji Aikawa broke a 3-3 tie with an RBI single in the seventh and Keizo Kawashima hit a two-run homer in the ninth as Tokyo Yakult beat Tohoku Rakuten to extend its winning streak to six games.
Masanori Ishikawa (6-1) became the first six-game winner in Japanese baseball this year after allowing three runs in six innings.
Dragons 7, Lions 5
Tigers at Hawks (late)
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