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Kazuhiro Hatakeyama hit a two-run homer, Shinya Miyamoto had three hits with three RBIs and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows routed the Hiroshima Carp 8-3 on Sunday afternoon.

The Swallows extended their undefeated streak to eight games, including two ties.

Hatakeyama went deep to left off reliever Takahiro Aoki (0-1) with a runner on second, overturning a 3-2 deficit to a 4-3 lead with two outs in the seventh inning. Rookie left-hander Kentaro Kyuko (1-0) got his first career win after retiring four batters in relief at Mazda Stadium.

BayStars 3, Tigers 1

At Koshien Stadium, Shogo Yamamoto pitched one-run ball over seven-plus innings, Naoto Watanabe homered and the BayStars snapped a five-game skid with a win over the Tigers.

Yamamoto (1-1) painted the corners and yielded just four singles while striking out three and walking two, earning his first win since moving from the Orix Buffaloes. Hanshin loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but pinch hitter Lin Wei-zhu struck out swinging to end the game.


Fighters 5, Eagles 3

At Kobe’s Hotto Motto Field, Hokkaido Nippon Ham rookie Yuki Saito picked up his second win after working six effective innings in a win over the Golden Eagles.

Saito (2-0) allowed three runs and eight hits, striking three and walking one in a 90-pitch outing.

The right-hander yielded solo home runs to Takeshi Yamasahi and Randy Ruiz in the second inning and left after he allowed Tohoku Rakuten to pull within 4-3 in the sixth.

“As in my previous start, the way I won was very lucky,” Saito said. “I gave up some runs but our relievers shut the door again. I gave them good pitches to hit. I have a lot of things to reflect on from tonight’s game.”

Eiichi Koyano hit a solo homer off Tsuyoshi Kawagishi (0-1) in the fifth to give the Fighters the lead for good at 3-2.

Yang Dai-kang and Yuji Iiyama each had a pair of RBI singles. Hisashi Takeda earned his fourth save.

Nippon Ham has won six of its last seven games. Rakuten fell back to a .500 winning percentage.

Buffaloes 5, Lions 3

At Kyocera Dome, Aarom Baldiris hit a two-run homer and Yuki Nishi went seven shutout innings of one-hit ball as the Buffaloes beat the Lions.

Nishi (2-0) struck out six and walked one and Mamoru Kishida surrendered a solo homer to Takeya Nakamura — his PL-leading sixth — in the ninth before picking up his third save of the season. Baldiris’ blast keyed a four-run sixth for Orix.

Hawks 5, Marines 3

At Fujisakidai Stadium, the game-tying run scored on Chiba Lotte shortstop Takashi Ogino’s throwing error and Hiroki Kokubo added an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning as the Hawks pulled ahead to defeat the Marines.

Tadashi Settsu (1-1) limited the damage to three runs on eight hits in eight innings. Brian Falkenborg worked the ninth for his second save. Atsuhiro Mitsuhara (0-1) took the loss.

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