Baseball / Japanese Baseball

Fighters shatter tie in seventh inning, go on to hammer Swallows

Kyodo

Taishi Ota went 2-for-4 and drove in the go-ahead run in Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters’ 11-4 victory over the interleague-leading Tokyo Yakult Swallows on Friday.

In front of 29,890 at Sapporo Dome, Ota broke a 4-4 tie in the fifth inning with a single. Yushi Shimizu singled off right-hander Ren Kazehari (1-2) and scored on Ota’s hit.

“I’m really glad I was able to drive in that run,” Ota said. “Our relievers were doing well, and all I had in mind was hitting.”

In the first inning, Ota singled off Swallows starter Matt Carasiti and came home on cleanup hitter Sho Nakata’s RBI to put the Fighters ahead.

Nippon Ham extended its lead in the next inning with Takuya Nakashima’s bases-loaded triple. Carasiti allowed a single and issued a pair of walks before Nakashima gave the Fighters a 4-0 lead.

Yakult managed to tie the score in the fifth. Former major-leaguer Norichika Aoki drove in two runs with a double before pinch hitter Takahiro Araki singled in two more runs.

With Nippon Ham ahead 5-4, Nakata led off the eighth with a solo homer off right-hander Kenichi Matsuoka. Kyohei Muranaka took the mound with runners on second and third, and yielded five runs. He issued three walks before Kensuke Kondo doubled in three runs.

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