Karashima tosses seven solid innings, benefits from teammates’ timely hits


Wataru Karashima threw one-run ball over seven innings and Kazuya Fujita had a two-run go-ahead double as the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles routed the Seibu Lions 7-1 on Friday night.

Karashima (7-9) scattered six hits, struck out eight and walked none in front of a crowd of 23,121 at Kobo Stadium.

Ryohei Fujiwara (2-5) was chased in 4-1/3 innings of the loss.

Trailing 1-0 in the fifth, Fujita doubled down the right field line to push across two runs and Takero Okajima tacked on a two-run triple the same frame for a 5-1 lead.

Kazuo Matsui and Andruw Jones got in on the action for the last-place Eagles with an RBI triple and solo homer in the sixth and seventh, respectively.

Fighters 5, Hawks 2

At Sapporo Dome, Hokkaido Nippon Ham overturned a 2-0 deficit against PL leader Fukuoka Softbank when it erupted with five consecutive RBI hits with one out in the seventh inning en route to winning its fifth consecutive game.

Masaru Takeda (3-4), the Fighters’ third pitcher, got the win.

The Hawks’ Tadashi Settsu (7-4) was tagged for the loss.

Buffaloes 6, Marines 2

At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Yoshio Itoi and Joey Butler both hit two-run homers to power Orix in support of Yuki Nishi (12-5), who yielded two runs in 6-2/3 innings for the win over Chiba Lotte.

Cuban slugger Alfredo Despaigne hit his first home run for the Marines, a solo shot in the second, in his fourth game in Japan.


Swallows 10, Dragons 6

At Jingu Stadium, each of Tokyo Yakult’s starting nine had at least one hit, featuring homers by Yasushi Iihara, Shingo Kawabata and catcher Yuhei Nakamura in a 15-hit attack.

Iihara’s two-run blast off Chunichi pitcher Yudai Ono (6-5) in the fourth gave the Swallows the lead. Yakult ratcheted up the offense with a six-run sixth.

Tigers 5, BayStars 4 (10)

At Koshien Stadium, Kosuke Fukudome delivered a walk-off RBI single off Shinji Ohara (2-1) in the 10th inning after Hanshin capitalized on Yokohama’s miscues to put runners at the corners with one out.

Lefty Daiki Enokida (2-1) pitched a scoreless 10th for the win.

Giants 2, Carp 2 (12)

At Tokyo Dome, Hiroshima and Yomiuri played out a 12-inning tie after neither team could manage the decisive blow.

Hiroshima squandered a strong effort from Kenta Maeda, who yielded two runs — one earned — in nine innings and struck out eight.

Yomiuri’s Jose Lopez hit into an inning-ending double play in the ninth with two on.