D’Antona homers twice in rout

Kyodo News

Jamie D’Antona drove in five runs with a pair of homers as the Tokyo Yakult Swallows routed the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 8-3 for their season-high fifth straight win on Monday.

D’Antona connected for a three-run blast in the first inning, his first since May 22, and went deep again in the fourth off Masaru Takeda (4-5) to push Yakult’s lead to 6-0 in interleague play at Jingu Stadium.

Kyohei Muranaka (4-5) threw six-plus innings of three-run ball for his first win since May 9. He allowed seven hits, struck out five and walked two.

Shinya Miyamoto hit an RBI single in the first and Ryoji Aikawa went 4-for-4 for Yakult.