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Giants bury Swallows with 5 home runs, 6-hit shutout

Kyodo News

Alex Ramirez hit the first of Yomiuri’s five home runs and Shun Tono pitched a six-hit shutout as the Giants routed the Yakult Swallows 12-0 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.

Yomiuri jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning on Ramirez’s three-run shot and Lee Seung Yeop’s two-run drive, both off Tony Barnette (2-2), on Children’s Day at Tokyo Dome.

“I’d like to praise God for that home run today on this very special day for kids. It was a great feeling,” Ramirez said.

Lee also had an RBI single before Hayato Sakamoto added a three-run homer to make it 9-0 in the third.

Michihiro Ogasawara, who went 4-for-4 on the afternoon, and Shinnosuke Abe cleared the fences in the fourth off Kosuke Matsui.

Tono (6-1) struck out eight and walked none in his first shutout of the season while winning his sixth consecutive start.

“I got plenty of run support early in the game, so the pressure was off for me on the mound,” the 23-year-old right-hander said. “When I pitch, I always receive run support. I’ve been able to pitch well so far this season.”

Barnette was pounded for nine runs in three innings. Yakult has dropped four straight and nine of its last 10.

Tigers 9, Dragons 1

At Nagoya Dome, Takahiro Arai homered and drove in four runs as Hanshin avoided being swept by Chunichi in a three-game series.

Arai had an RBI groundout in the first inning and a three-run shot in the fourth off Chen Wei-yin (1-4). Matt Murton went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and three runs scored.

Keiji Uezono (2-1) allowed one run and three hits in five innings. Kazuhiro Wada tied for the Central League lead with 11 home runs when he had a solo shot in the second.

BayStars 5, Carp 4

At Yokohama Stadium, Takehiro Ishikawa and Seiichi Uchikawa hit back-to-back RBI singles in the second inning as Yokohama edged Hiroshima.

The hits from Ishikawa and Uchikawa put the BayStars ahead 4-2 and recently acquired outfielder Shotaro Ide added a solo shot in the fourth.

Naoyuki Shimizu (4-2) allowed four runs in six innings for the win. Eric Stults (0-3) took the loss.

PACIFIC LEAGUE

Fighters 8, Marines 3

At Chiba Marine Stadium, Eiichi Koyano drove in three runs, Bobby Keppel threw eight effective innings and Nippon Ham beat Lotte for the first time in nine tries this season.

Koyano had a two-run double in the third and an RBI single in the fifth among his three hits. Keppel (4-1) allowed three runs and eight hits.

Ryoji Katsuki (1-1) lasted only 2-1/3 innings. Shoitsu Omatsu went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Lotte.

Lions 19, Eagles 3

At Seibu Dome, Seibu put the game away with a 10-run sixth inning as it took the rubber game of a three-game series against Rakuten.

Dee Brown and Hiroyuki Nakajima each hit two-run homers to help Seibu build a 5-0 lead through three innings. Rakuten got within 5-3 in the top of the sixth, but the Lions put together eight hits in the bottom half that featured a three-run home run by Takumi Kuriyama.

Kazuhisa Ishii (4-1) allowed three runs and seven hits in 5-2/3 innings. Darrell Rasner (1-5) surrendered 10 runs in 5-2/3 innings.

Buffaloes 4, Hawks 4

At Kyocera Dome, Munenori Kawasaki delivered a game-tying two-run single with two outs in the top of the ninth inning as Softbank played out a 12-inning tie with Orix.

Kawasaki also doubled in two runs in the fifth and finished 3-for-5 with four RBIs. Takahiro Okada hit a three-run homer to give Orix a 3-0 lead in the third.