SAPPORO – Yu Darvish struck out 10 over seven solid innings and Eiichi Koyano went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, leading the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters to an 8-2 rout of the Hanshin Tigers in interleague play on Saturday.
Darvish (7-1) held Hanshin to one run on four hits with two walks en route to winning his seventh consecutive decision and joining Tohoku Rakuten’s Masahiro Tanaka as the only seven-game winners in Japanese baseball.
The Fighters took a 2-0 lead in the first on back-to-back RBI singles from Koyano and Tomochika Tsuboi at Sapporo Dome.
Marines 6, Swallows 3
At Chiba Marine Stadium, Tadahito Iguchi and Tomoya Satozaki drove in two runs apiece to back a solid outing by lefty Yoshihisa Naruse, who limited the damage to two runs in seven innings in Chiba Lotte’s win over Tokyo Yakult.
Iguchi hit a two-run homer with two outs in the first and Satozaki capped a three-run third with a two-run double in interleague play. Shinya Miyamoto’s two-run double cut the Swallows’ deficit to 5-3 in the fourth.
Hawks 9, Dragons 5
At Fukuoka’s Yahoo Dome, Nobuhiko Matsunaka had a bases-loaded RBI groundout to snap a 5-5 tie in the fifth inning and Hitoshi Tamura followed one out later with a sacrifice fly as Softbank downed Chunichi.
Lions 2, Giants 2 (12)
At Seibu Dome, Saitama Seibu failed to take advantage of a two-on, two-out opportunity against Yomiuri in the 10th inning and both teams’ bullpens refused to relent in a tie.
The Giants took leads of 1-0 and 2-1 but homers by Hiroyuki Nakajima and Hiroshi Hirao in the fourth and fifth, respectively, tied the game twice to eventually force extra innings.
Buffaloes 6, BayStars 4
At Kobe’s Skymark Stadium, Jose Fernandez homered twice to drive in three runs and Chihiro Kaneko threw seven dominant innings as Orix beat Yokohama.
Greg LaRocca hit a leadoff homer in a two-run second inning. Fernandez pushed the Buffaloes’ lead to 4-0 with a two-run shot off Ryan Glynn (2-6) in the third and added a solo drive in the eighth.
Kaneko (5-3) allowed just two hits, walked one and struck out eight. Yuki Yoshimura hit a grand slam with one out in the ninth for the BayStars.
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