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Dragons rookie Raidel Martinez records first NPB victory

Chunichi jumps out to 5-0 lead against Hiroshima in third inning

Kyodo

Chunichi Dragons rookie Raidel Martinez earned his first NPB win after early homers and late runs solidified a 10-4 victory against the Hiroshima Carp on Tuesday.

Martinez (1-1) retired the first 11 of 13 Carp batters before the right-hander gave up four runs at Nagoya Dome, while Hiroshima righty Yuta Nakamura (3-1) yielded three homers and suffered his first loss of the season.

Nakamura gave up a two-run home run to his second batter, Yota Kyoda, before former major leaguer Zoilo Almonte cranked a two-run shot of his own in the third. Nobumasa Fukuda belted a solo homer one batter later to make it 5-0.

Takayoshi Noma put the Carp on the board with an RBI double in the fourth, and Tsubasa Aizawa immediately followed it up with a two-run homer to left field.

The Dragons added a sixth run on Almonte’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning, and the Hiroshima starter was replaced by lefty Kyohei Nakamura in the fifth.

After Martinez yielded a walk and a double in the sixth, Toshiya Okada took over for the Cuban and limited the damage to an RBI groundout before shutting the inning down.

Hiroshima relievers allowed four more runs in the seventh and eighth before Chunichi righty Koji Fukutani dealt the final blows to the Central League leaders for the win.

Swallows 2, Giants 1

At Kagoshima Kamoike Stadium, recent NPB returnee Norichika Aoki launched a tiebreaking solo home run in the eighth to put Tokyo Yakult ahead, and Taichi Ishiyama shut down Yomiuri for his third save.

Tigers 2, BayStars 1

At Koshien Stadium, Masayuki Kuwahara’s late solo homer proved too little, too late, as Randy Messenger (6-2) fanned five and held Yokohama to a run in eight-plus innings of work. Fumihito Haraguchi’s two-run RBI in the sixth sealed the win for Hanshin.

PACIFIC LEAGUE

Fighters 2, Lions 0

At Tokyo Dome, Brandon Laird’s solo homer and Shinya Tsuruoka’s RBI double in the seventh put the only runs on the board, and Hokkaido Nippon Ham righty Nick Martinez (4-3) pitched seven scoreless innings to help shut out PL-leading Seibu.

Hawks 6, Eagles 1

At Sendai’s Rakuten Seimei Park, Nobuhiro Matsuda hit a go-ahead RBI in the sixth, and homers from Alfredo Despaigne and Shuhei Fukuda were part of a late Fukuoka SoftBank rally against Tohoku Rakuten.

Buffaloes 7, Marines 2

At Toyama Municipal Stadium, righty Andrew Albers (5-1) held Chiba Lotte to a run over six innings, and Takahiro Okada’s fourth-inning solo homer fanned the flames in Orix’s rout of Chiba Lotte.