Balentien’s power surge propels Swallows


Wladimir Balentien homered three times and drove in five runs, leading the Tokyo Yakult Swallows to a 6-4 win over the Yokohama BayStars on Friday.

The former Cincinnati Reds outfielder increased his Japanese baseball-leading home run total to 12 and finished the night 3-for-4 at Yokohama Stadium.

Balentien hit a solo shot in the second inning and two-run drives in the third and eighth innings.

Yoshinori Sato (4-1) held the BayStars to three runs over seven innings. Lim Chang Yong pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his fifth save.

Yokohama rookie Kota Suda (0-2) gave up four runs in 6? innings.

Giants 3, Carp 0

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Alex Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and Ken Kato added a solo shot in the seventh, leading Yomiuri over Hiroshima.

Giants starter Tetsuya Utsumi (4-1) went 6? innings and combined with three relievers on a six-hit shutout. Bryan Bullington (4-1) took his first loss in five starts.

Dragons 4, Tigers 2

At Koshien Stadium, Maximo Nelson (2-1) pitched seven innings of one-run ball and Motonobu Tanishige hit a two-run home run in the seventh as Chunichi downed Hanshin.

Atsushi Nomi (2-2) took the loss. The Tigers pulled within 4-2 in the eighth on an RBI single by Matt Murton but blew a bases-loaded opportunity later in the inning.


Hawks 7, Lions 3

At Fukuoka’s Yahoo Dome, Sho Iwasaki (1-1) picked up his first career win after allowing two runs in six innings as PL leader Softbank ended Seibu’s winning streak at four.

The Hawks scored six runs in the sixth.

Eagles 2, Marines 2 (12)

At QVC Marine Field, Takeshi Yamasaki hit a game-tying solo homer with one out in the top of the ninth inning off Yoshihisa Naruse as Tohoku Rakuten played out a tie with Chiba Lotte.

Naruse and Masahiro Tanaka were locked in a pitching duel, going nine and 10 innings, respectively, with 11 strikeouts each.

Surgery scrutinized

Santo Domingo

One of the doctors who assisted in a procedure last year on Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colon that is being scrutinized by Major League Baseball denied that the treatment involved the use of banned substances.

Dr. Leonel Liriano said in a phone interview on Thursday that his medical team consulted with Colon’s agent and lawyers in New York before beginning the treatment in Colon’s native Dominican Republic.