Ramirez-led Giants crush Tigers

Kyodo News

Alex Ramirez hit a pair of two-run homers and Yoshiyuki Kamei homered and had three RBIs as the Yomiuri Giants went on to rout the Hanshin Tigers 11-4 on Saturday.

Yoshitomo Tani broke a 2-2 tie in the third inning with an RBI double followed by Ryota Wakiya’s run-scoring single.

Ramirez added a homer off Yuya Ando (6-6) to make it 6-3 in the fifth and went deep again to center in his next at-bat with two out in the seventh to extend the lead to 8-4.

Kamei followed with a solo shot the same inning. Hayato Sakamoto and Michihiro Ogasawara added RBI doubles in the eighth.

Seth Greisinger (8-5) allowed four runs — three earned — and seven hits in seven innings, striking out four and walking two. Keiichi Hirano had a pair of RBI singles for Hanshin.

Dragons 7, BayStars 0

At Yokohama Stadium, Kazuki Yoshimi pitched his fourth shutout of the season and Tony Blanco hit his CL-leading 26th home run as Chunichi routed Yokohama for its fourth straight victory.

Yoshimi (10-3) joined Shohei Tateyama of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows as the only 10-game winners in the league after scattering seven hits without a walk.

Blanco connected off Yuji Yoshimi (1-1) to give the Dragons a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Motonobu Tanishige singled in two runs to highlight a four-run seventh that made it 5-0.

Carp 8, Swallows 4

At Mazda Stadium, Masafumi Suenaga had a tiebreaking bases-clearing double in a five-run uprising in the eighth inning as Hiroshima rallied past Yakult, snapping a seven-game losing streak.

The Carp overcame a 3-1 deficit to tie it with four singles in the seventh before Jamie D’Antona, who was a triple shy of the cycle, had an RBI single to give the Swallows a 4-3 lead in the top of the eighth.

Eishi Soyogi had a tying double before Suenaga’s hit to left-center off Ryota Igarashi (1-2) and an Akihiro Higashide run-scoring triple capped the scoring. Katsuhiro Nagakawa (2-4) pitched a scoreless ninth.


Hawks 8, Marines 6

At Chiba Marine Stadium, Nobuhiko Matsunaka hit a tiebreaking solo homer in a three-run ninth inning as Softbank beat Chiba Lotte to break a first-place tie with the idle Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.

After Lotte scored five runs in the eighth to tie the game 5-5, Matsunaka homered to right off Yoshihiro Ito (2-4). Arihito Muramatsu added an RBI triple and scored on a squeeze bunt laid down by Yuya Hasegawa in the top half of the inning.

Brian Falkenborg (5-0) won in relief. Takahiro Mahara picked up his 17th save.

Buffaloes at Eagles — ppd.

Lions at Fighters — ppd.