TOKOROZAWA, SAITAMA PREF. – Takayuki Kishi held the Pacific-League topping Fukuoka Softbank Hawks to two runs in seven innings and the Seibu Lions had four home runs and 18 hits in their 13-3 win on Tuesday.
Kishi (4-5) allowed five hits and walked two, striking out five in a 112-pitch effort, and came out with Seibu comfortably leading 12-2.
“I didn’t feel anything bad about the way I pitched today, I just kept concentrating on not allowing the first run,” said Kishi.
Ernesto Mejia, who drove in club-record eight runs the day before, hit a solo shot off reliever Shingo Tatsumi in the fifth for a 6-0 lead and although the Hawks got a run back in the sixth through Yuki Yanagita, a two-out RBI single off Kishi, the Lions doubled their run total in the bottom to put the game beyond Softbank’s reach.
With the bases full and two outs, Mejia’s double plated two off Tatsumi for an 8-1 lead. After a walk reloaded the bases, Tomoya Mori blasted in four with his first-career grand slam, his first home run since June 26.
Takumi Kuriyama hit a solo shot for the opening run in the second off Hayato Terahara (8-2) before the Lions added four in the third. With one-out, Takeya Nakamura slugged a two-run homer, his Japan-leading 36th, and Ginjiro Sumitani drove in two more with a two-out double as Terahara lasted just three.
Terahara allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks, with two strikeouts.
Nobuhiro Matsuda ripped a solo homer in the seventh and Yanagita went deep for a run in the eighth for Softbank, but Sumitani ensured the game ended with a run for the Lions, singling in a run in the bottom of the inning to restore Seibu’s 10-run cushion.
Eagles 4, Buffaloes 2
At Kobo Stadium Miyagi, Tohoku Rakuten’s Takahiro Norimoto (7-10) allowed two runs in eight innings, and his teammates overturned a one-run deficit against Orix ace Chihiro Kaneko (7-6), who allowed two runs in three-plus innings. Back-to-back doubles off Kaneko by Zelous Wheeler and Ginji Akaminai opened the floodgates in a four-run fourth.
Fighters 9, Marines 1
At Tokyo Dome, Luis Mendoza (9-6) threw a five-hitter, striking out five and walking none, and Hokkaido Nippon Ham hammered out 12 hits in a one-sided win over Chiba Lotte.
BayStars 6, Dragons 5
At Nagoya Dome, Chunichi recovered from a four-run deficit by the fifth, but Yokohama’s Aarom Baldiris broke a 5-5 tie in the ninth, hitting a two-out single off Shinji Tajima (4-6) with runners on corners.
Swallows at Giants — ppd.
Carp at Tigers — ppd.
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