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Viciedo slugs two HRs in second inning to power Dragons past Giants

Kyodo

Dayan Viciedo hit two home runs in an eight-run second inning as the Chunichi Dragons hammered the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants 8-1 on Saturday.

The first-year Cuban import led off the inning with a solo shot off Yomiuri’s Nobutaka Imamura (1-1), and Chunichi put together five hits and a walk off the southpaw for four more runs before Viciedo wrapped up the inning with a three-run homer.

Viciedo became the first player to achieve the feat since former Hanshin Tiger Craig Brazell in 2009.

“I’m really happy, I had the two well struck and it’s the first time in my baseball career,” said the former Chicago White Sox player after going deep for the first time since last Friday.

“There are times you can hit and you can’t but I haven’t changed anything. The environment (of the team) is really good, there are some Latin players too and I hope to carry on winning without injuries.”

Chunichi starter Drew Naylor had to leave the mound after four pitches. Reliever Hiroto Fuku (1-0), however, won his first career game. He held the Giants to a run on three hits, one a fourth-inning solo shot from Hayato Sakamoto, who went 3-for-4. Over 4-2/3 innings, Fuku struck out four without a walk.

After Viciedo slugged his first, Ricardo Nanita, Anderson Hernandez and Iori Katsura all singled and Fuku hit a one-out RBI single. Yohei Oshima drew a bases-loaded walk off the struggling Imamura and Ryosuke Hirata hit a two-run single for a 5-0 lead.

Imamura, who had a 2.57 ERA over 28 innings heading into the game, saw the figure rise to 4.36 as he was charged with all eight runs on eight hits and two walks over five innings, striking out three.

Relievers Katsuki Matayoshi and Toshiya Okada allowed no runs in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively, before Takuma Achira worked two perfect innings.

Swallows 10, Tigers 6

At Koshien Stadium, Hanshin handed Tokyo Yakult the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded error in the seventh before the Swallows added four more on three hits in the inning.

Carp 10, BayStars 4

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Brad Eldred tied the game 3-3 with a third-inning two-run shot and went 4-for-4, and Hiroshima teammate Takahiro Arai hit a fifth-inning RBI single off Yokohama’s Shoichi Ino (3-3) as both players had three RBIs.

PACIFIC LEAGUE

Marines 4, Buffaloes 3

At Chiba’s QVC Marine Field, Chiba Lotte’s Ikuhiro Kiyota hit a game-tying solo shot in the eighth before plating the walk-off run in the ninth with a single off Orix closer Yoshihisa Hirano (1-3).

Hawks 3, Eagles 2

At Yafuoku Dome, Kodai Senga (3-0) allowed a game-tying run in the seventh, but Tomoki Takata hit an RBI single in the bottom of the frame off Rakuten reliver Hiroyuki Fukuyama (0-4) for PL-leading SoftBank.

Fighters 8, Lions 6

At Tokorozawa’s Seibu Prince Dome, Hokkaido Nippon Ham scored four runs each in the first two innings off Seibu’s Kuo Chun-lin (0-2) with Brandon Laird hitting a three-run shot in the first.