Chono rallies Giants past Swallows

Kyodo News

Rookie Hisayoshi Chono went 3-for-4 with a homer and five RBIs as the Yomiuri Giants outslugged the Yakult Swallows 14-8 on Monday.

Chono hit a three-run homer in the second inning and a two-run single that gave the Giants an 8-7 lead in the sixth at Tokyo Dome.

“I just tried to get on base in both situations,” Chono said of his two clutch hits. “I went the opposite way for that home run. That was pretty good. (On finishing a triple shy of the cycle) I didn’t care about that.”

Ryota Wakiya followed Chono with a two-run triple as Yomiuri scored seven runs in the sixth to go up 11-7.

Yoshinobu Takahashi added a three-run blast in the seventh.

Micheal Nakamura won in relief. Koki Watanabe (0-1) took the loss.

Josh Whitesell had a pair of solo home runs and Aaron Guiel hit a three-run homer for Yakult.

“I’m glad the big inning came when there was a bad mood in the dugout (after blowing an early 3-0 lead and trailing 7-3),” Giants manager Tatsunori Hara said. “Our starting pitchers have been ineffective recently. I’ll see how they bounce back. It’s just abnormal that I have to use five or six pitchers each game.”

Tigers 2, Carp 0

At Koshien Stadium, Tomoaki Kanemoto hit a two-run homer and Jason Standridge pitched his first shutout in Japan, leading Hanshin over Hiroshima.

Kanemoto’s first home run in three weeks came in the fifth inning against Hideki Kishimoto, who relieved Giancarlo Alvarado (3-5) after the starter left the game with discomfort in his shoulder.

Alvarado faced 13 batters, retiring the first 12 and walking the 13th. Standridge (6-1) allowed just two singles, walked none and struck out eight. The Carp were shut out for the fourth straight game.

Dragons 5, BayStars 0

At Nagoya Dome, Shinji Iwata pitched 7 2/3 dominant innings against Yokohama as Chunichi tied a Japanese baseball record with its fourth consecutive shutout victory.

Iwata (1-0) allowed three hits and struck out seven in his first career start. Backup catcher Kohei Oda opened the scoring with a three-run double in the sixth off rookie Shigeru Kaga (3-7).


Hawks 11, Lions 4

At Yahoo Dome, D.J. Houlton got plenty of run support and pitched six effective innings as Softbank routed PL leader Seibu.

Houlton (6-4) allowed two runs and struck out seven. Munenori Kawasaki and Yuya Hasegawa had three hits apiece.

Marines 5, Fighters 3

Tadahito Iguchi had a pair of RBI singles as Chiba Lotte sent Hokkaido Nippon Ham to its third consecutive defeat.

Bryan Corey (2-2) allowed three runs in five innings for the win. Hiroyuki Kobayashi picked up his 16th save.

Buffaloes 8, Eagles 5