Jose Ortiz and Hiroki Kokubo each hit two-run homers as the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks beat the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 8-5 Sunday for their fourth straight victory.
Ortiz and Kokubo connected off Ryo Kawashima (3-3) in the third and fifth innings, respectively. Ortiz added a two-run double to put Softbank up 7-0 in the top of the sixth at Jingu Stadium.
Yakult scored two runs each in the sixth and eighth to pull within 7-4, but Yuya Hasegawa plated an insurance run for the Hawks in the ninth with a shot over the right-center wall.
Softbank, the only unbeaten team since Tuesday’s start of interleague play, moved above .500 for the first time since April 8.
” I feel really good. We’ve been doing real good as a team — both pitchers and hitters,” Ortiz said.
“Last year I didn’t play that much interleague, so hopefully this year I keep going and do my job hitting the ball,” said the Dominican, who spent the past two seasons with the Chiba Lotte Marines.
Kenji Otonari (2-3) allowed four runs and 10 hits in seven-plus innings.
Eagles 5, BayStars 2
At Yokohama Stadium, Motohiro Shima delivered a go-ahead single in the fourth inning among his three hits as Tohoku Rakuten beat Yokohama for its first win in three games.
The Eagles took a 2-1 lead when Shima followed a sacrifice fly by Rick Short with a two-out RBI single. Rakuten extended the lead to 5-1 through the top of the sixth.
Kohei Hasebe (3-3) held the BayStars to two runs and five hits in six innings. Futoshi Kobayashi (1-4) took the loss.
Carp 7, Lions 5
At Mazda Stadium, Kenta Kurihara hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the second as Hiroshima rallied to beat Saitama Seibu to snap a three-game slide.
The Lions jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Carp tied the score in the bottom half and went ahead 6-4 in the second on Kurihara’s shot off Fumiya Nishiguchi (3-2).
Rookie Takeshi Komatsu (1-0) picked up the win after giving up five runs in five innings. Katsuhiro Nagakawa earned his 12th save.
Buffaloes 8, Giants 6
At Tokyo Dome, Koji Yamasaki and Shinji Shimoyama drove in seven runs between them and Orix held off Yomiuri.
Yamasaki got things rolling with a bases-clearing double in the fourth inning and the Buffaloes made it 5-0 on three consecutive doubles in the next frame. Shimoyama hit a two-run homer in the seventh.
Dragons 1, Fighters 0
At Nagoya Dome, Yudai Kawai combined with two relievers on a six-hit shutout and got support behind some solid defensive play as Chunichi beat Hokkaido Nippon Ham.
Tigers at Marines — ppd.
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