Hawks end 11-game winless streak


Alex Cabrera, Wily Mo Pena and Nobuhiro Matsuda each homered as Fukuoka Softbank snapped an 11-game winless streak with a win over Hiroshima.

Tadashi Settsu (6-2) allowed a run in eight innings to win his first interleague game of the season as the Hawks hammered the Carp 7-3 on Saturday afternoon.

Softbank had gone 0-8 with three ties since the team’s last victory on May 23 against the Hiroshima Carp. The Hawks have not lost to the Carp since June 4, 2010.

“Those were some good home runs,” said Hawks skipper Koji Akiyama. “They gave us some momentum.”

Cabrera, who made his 2012 debut in Friday night’s tie, opened the scoring with a leadoff homer in the second. Pena followed one out later with an opposite-field drive into the seats in right-center. RBI singles by Cabrera and Matsuda made it 4-0 in the third, and Matsuda’s two-out solo shot in the fifth had Hiroshima on the run.

“We simply haven’t been putting it together offensively of late,” said Matsuda, who finished second in the Pacific League in homers last season with 25. “We were all playing our hardest and weren’t in any mood to give up.”

“Settsu has been pitching very well for us all along. Today, he did that again. So it was good that he finally got a win for it.”

Carp right-hander Yuki Saito (2-3) allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings of the loss.

Giants 4, Lions 3

At Tokyo Dome, Shuichi Murata’s lucky walk-off single off Michael Nakamura (0-2) won it for Yomiuri in the ninth inning, moving it two games clear at the top of the interleague standings by snapping Seibu’s three-game win streak.

The Lions fell back into last place.

The Giants overcame a two-run Takeya Nakamura homer in the first off Shun Tono, who was pitching his first game of the season. Kentaro Nishimura (1-1) got the win in relief.

Buffaloes 6, Tigers 1

At Koshien Stadium, Chihiro Kaneko (3-3) allowed a run over seven innings, scattering seven hits and four walks, while Bobby Scales and Keiji Obiki each hit two-run homers as Orix moved out of last place in the PL with a triumph over Hanshin.

The game followed a contentious 3-1 Tigers’ victory the night before in which Hanshin, losing 1-0 after four innings, took exceedingly long to send its team out in to take the field in the top of the fifth. Orix accused Hanshin of unfairly delaying the game in the hopes of getting a rainout and filed a protest on Saturday.

Dragons 2, Eagles 1

At Nagoya Dome, Yohei Oshima and Kazuhiro Wada teamed up to produce Chunichi’s winning run for the second straight night as the Dragons defeated Tohoku Rakuten and maintained their half-game Central League lead over Yomiuri.

Oshima singled, stole second and scored on a Wada single off Eagles southpaw starter Takahiro Shiomi (5-6) to break a 1-1 tie in the sixth, the night after Wada plated Oshima with a come-from-behind walkoff blast on Friday.

Marines at Swallows — ppd.

Fighters at BayStars — ppd.