Giants wield big sticks against rival Swallows


Josh Fields homered and drove in two runs and Shinnosuke Abe went deep twice with three RBIs as the Yomiuri Giants beat the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 6-1 on Tuesday.

Yomiuri rookie Hirokazu Sawamura (8-11) threw one-run ball over 7⅓ solid innings, striking out four and walking one. Kyohei Muranaka (4-5) got tagged for four runs in 4⅔ innings of the loss at Tokyo Dome.

Fields put his team on the scoreboard with a two-run blast with two outs in the second and Abe added a solo drive in the fourth and a two-run shot in his next at-bat in the sixth. Takayuki Terauchi chipped in with a run-scoring double in the fifth.

Hiroyasu Tanaka had an RBI single for the Swallows’ sole run in the third inning.

Dragons 4, BayStars 1

At Yokohama Stadium, Daisuke Yamai (2-2) pitched seven scoreless innings in a six-strikeout effort while walking none and Chunichi beat Yokohama for the sixth straight time.

Yohei Oshima had a leadoff homer off rookie Hiroshi Kobayashi (0-1) in the third inning before Motonobu Tanishige connected for a two-run homer in the fourth and Hirokazu Ibata added a run-scoring single in the ninth.

The Dragons’ Hitoki Iwase picked up his 30th save.

Tigers at Carp — ppd.


Buffaloes 2, Hawks 1

At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Aarom Baldiris singled in the game-winning run with one out and the bases loaded in the ninth inning, lifting Orix past PL leader Fukuoka Softbank for its fifth win in a row.

Shinya Nakayama limited the damage to a Nobuhiro Matsuda solo homer in 8⅔ innings before Yoshihisa Hirano (5-1) finished off. Masahiko Morifuku (4-2) was charged with the loss.

Lions 5, Fighters 4

At Seibu Dome, Jose Fernandez tied the game 4-4 on an RBI double in the sixth inning and pinch hitter Masahiro Abe had a go-ahead single in the seventh as Seibu edged Hokkaido Nippon Ham.

The Lions’ Atsushi Okamoto (2-1) won his second straight game in relief.

The Fighters’ Masaru Takeda (10-10) took the loss after allowing five runs in six-plus innings.

Marines at Eagles — ppd.

Mariners hire McIlvaine


Former major league general manager Joe McIlvaine was hired as a special assistant to Seattle Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik on Monday.

The Mariners announced the move in Seattle, shortly after beating the Cleveland Indians 12-6.

The 64-year-old McIlvaine served as general manager of the San Diego Padres and New York Mets during the 1990s. He has been with the Minnesota Twins since 1998, the last 11 years as a special assistant.