Yoshimura clouts 2 HRs as ‘Stars crush Dragons


Yuki Yoshimura homered twice and drove in three runs, Daisuke Miura scattered eight hits over the distance, and the Yokohama BayStars routed the Chunichi Dragons 12-1 on Saturday afternoon.

The BayStars’ 15 hits and 12 runs were both season highs and all of their starting nine had at least one hit in the matinee.

Yoshimura had a two-run blast off Shinji Iwata (2-1) to key a four-run first inning and went deep in his next at-bat, a solo drive as part of a three-run fourth at Yokohama Stadium.

Miura (3-1) struck out eight and walked one in a 122-pitch outing. He surrendered a leadoff homer to Nobumasa Fukuda in the eighth for Chunichi’s sole run.

Tigers 2, Giants 1

At Koshien Stadium, Hanshin starter Minoru Iwata struck out six in seven innings of work and Takahiro Arai homered as the Tigers edged Yomiuri.

Tetsuya Utsumi (2-4) gave up five hits and two runs and took the loss for the Giants.

Swallows 4, Carp 1

At Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, Orlando Roman (2-4) allowed one run in eight innings, Wladimir Balentien drove in two runs and Yakult beat Hiroshima to take the Central League lead.

Balentien had an RBI groundout in the third and led off the seventh with his Japanese baseball-leading 12th home run, his third in two games.

Rookie right-hander Yusuke Nomura (2-2) took the loss.


Hawks 4, Eagles 3

At Fukuoka’s Yahoo Dome, Tadashi Settsu struck out 10 and allowed three runs, one earned, over 7⅔ innings in Softbank’s victory over Rakuten.

Settsu (5-0) yielded six hits with one walk. Seiichi Uchikawa had a game-tying RBI single in the third and Hiroki Kokubo a two-run double in the sixth, both off Kenji Tomura (2-2).

Marines 4, Lions 2

At Seibu Dome, Yoshifumi Okada delivered a tiebreaking sacrifice fly and Saburo Omura added an RBI double for insurance in the fifth inning as Chiba Lotte downed Seibu.

Yuki Karakawa (5-1) limited the damage to two runs, despite giving up eight hits over six innings.

Buffaloes 5, Fighters 4

At Sapporo Dome, Keiji Obiki broke a 4-4 tie with a sac fly in the top of the ninth inning as Orix edged Hokkaido Nippon Ham.