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Swallows stay hot during interleague play with victory over Buffaloes

Kyodo

Left-handed rookie Daiki Tajima gave up eight runs in 3⅓ innings on Sunday as the Tokyo Yakult Swallows beat the Orix Buffaloes in the finale of their three-game interleague series.

Tajima (5-3) allowed seven hits and six walks before getting pulled in the fourth, while Takahiro Araki and Wladimir Balentien capitalized on multiple bases-loaded opportunities at Jingu Stadium to give the interleague-leading Swallows their ninth win in 10 games.

Tajima got into a first-inning, bases-loaded jam after yielding a double and two walks, and Araki cranked a three-run double to left center to give the Swallows an early lead.

The Orix lefty gave up another walk and double in the third, allowing Balentien to double the Swallows’ lead on a three-run homer, his 16th of the season.

In the fourth, a second bases-loaded jam, on a hit and two walks cost, Tajima when Balentien notched a two-run single. The Orix starter exited the mound after giving up a sixth walk.

Yakult left-hander Yasuhiro Ogawa (2-2) held the Buffaloes scoreless until the fifth, when two hits and back-to-back fielding errors put Orix on the board. Ogawa fanned six and scattered four hits over seven innings.

Shotaro Tashiro’s solo homer in the eighth capped the scoring for Yakult, and a four-run Orix rally in the ninth proved too little, too late as the Swallows improved their interleague record to 9-2.

Hawks 5, Dragons 2

At Nagoya Dome, Kenichi Nakata (4-2) fanned seven and held the Dragons to a run in 5⅔ innings, and Yuki Yanagita followed a three-run homer in the third with a solo shot in the fifth as Fukuoka SoftBank beat Chunichi.

Carp 3, Eagles 0

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Ryoma Nishikawa’s three-run homer broke a six-inning stalemate as the Carp shut out Tohoku Rakuten and swept the three-game series.

Aren Kuri pitched six scoreless innings, Takeru Imamura (2-0) got the win, and Shota Nakazaki earned his 17th save.

BayStars 6, Fighters 3 (6)

At Yokohama Stadium, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo’s three-run homer in the third broke an early tie, and Kazuki Kamizato’s two-run shot in the fifth sealed the win for Yokohama in a game that was called in the top of the sixth due to rain.

Shota Imanaga (1-3) fanned seven and earned his first win.

Marines 3, Tigers 2

At Hyogo Prefecture’s Koshien Stadium, Mike Bolsinger (7-1) fanned seven over seven innings, and Yudai Fujioka hit a two-run single in the fifth to help the Marines rally for the victory.

Lotte closer Tatsuya Uchi shut down Hanshin for his 13th save.

Giants 3, Lions 2

At Tokyo Dome, Takumi Oshiro broke a tie with a bases-loaded, walk-off single against Seibu reliever Tatsushi Masuda (0-3).

Hayato Sakamoto and Yoshiyuki Kamei homered early for Yomiuri, and Arquimedes Caminero (1-0) earned his first win after a scoreless ninth.