OSAKA – Justin Germano pitched two-run ball over eight solid innings and the Softbank Hawks broke out the bats in a 15-2 romp over the Orix Buffaloes on Thursday.
Germano (4-0) scattered eight hits, walked two and struck out two at Kyocera Dome. Softbank took a 10-1 advantage through the fourth, featuring a two-run single by Nobuhiko Matsunaka in a six-run first and Hitoshi Tamura’s two-run homer in the fourth.
Nobuhiro Matsuda had four RBIs on a 3-for-5 night, including a solo blast in the third, and Hidenori Tanoue drove in three runs in the Pacific League leader’s 18-hit onslaught. Atsuhiro Mitsuhara (1-2) was roughed up for five runs in just one-third of an inning.
Eagles 8, Marines 3
At Kleenex Stadium, Teppei Tsuchiya drove in five runs with a pair of triples and Takashi Kawai threw five-plus shutout innings as Tohoku Rakuten snapped an eight-game losing streak with a win over Chiba Lotte.
Todd Linden opened the scoring with a run-scoring double in the sixth, and Tsuchiya extended the lead with a two-run triple followed by Takeshi Yamasaki’s two-run homer to make it 5-0 in the seventh. Tsuchiya added a bases-loaded triple in the eighth.
Kazuo Fukumori (1-0) won in relief. Shunsuke Watanabe (1-7) took the loss for the Marines, who failed in their attempt to win four straight for the first time this season.
Lions 8, Fighters 2
Giants 2, BayStars 0
At Tokyo Dome, Wirfin Obispo carried a shutout into the eighth inning as Yomiuri beat Yokohama.
Michihiro Ogasawara hit a solo homer in the fourth off Hayato Terahara (1-3) and Ryota Wakiya added a drive in the seventh.
Obispo (2-0) scattered four hits, walked one and struck out six over 7 1/3 innings.
Swallows 8, Dragons 2
At Jingu Stadium, Shohei Tateyama pitched his second complete game of the season and Ryoji Aikawa went 3-for-4 as Yakult routed Chunichi.
Jamie D’Antona’s single and a double by Shinya Miyamoto off Kenta Asakura (5-4) gave the Swallows a 2-0 lead in the first. Miyamoto added a sacrifice fly and Aikawa followed with a two-run double to highlight the four-run sixth. Aaron Guiel had a two-run homer in the fifth.