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Tuesday, Sep. 20, 2011

Chen solid as Dragons thump Giants


Chen Wei-yin threw two-run ball over seven innings and Masahiko Morino homered and drove in three runs as the Chunichi Dragons routed the Yomiuri Giants 8-3 on Monday.

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Off the mark: Yomiuri's Josh Fields hits his first home run in Japan during the Giants' 4-0 win over the Dragons on Sunday. KYODO PHOTO

Motonobu Tanishige capped a two-run first with an RBI single and Morino hit a two-run blast off Tetsuya Utsumi (14-5) for a 4-1 lead in the top of the third before adding an RBI single in the sixth in Chunichi's 12-hit attack at Tokyo Dome.

"I batted well for the first time in a while. Yesterday, I struck out when we had a chance, so I decided to go after the first pitch I saw," Morino said of his first homer since July 14 and ninth of the season. "We have to fight in each game left in the season."

Chen (7-7), who allowed just one earned run, scattered five hits, struck out six and walked one. Hayato Sakamoto hit a solo shot for Yomiuri in the first.

"I was able to fulfill my role as the starting pitcher," said left-hander Chen. "My teammates scored a lot of runs for me, so I was able to relax on the mound as I pitched," he said.

Carp 12, Tigers 4

At Mazda Stadium, Ryohei Matsuyama went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and pinch hitter Brain Barden had a tiebreaking two-run single in a five-run third inning as Hiroshima rallied to crush Hanshin.

Hiroshima, which had a season-high 21 hits, overcame a 4-0 deficit and went ahead 7-4 in the third before adding three runs in the fifth. Takeru Imamura (3-7) won in relief. Jason Standridge (8-6) was roughed up for five runs in 2⅔ innings.

Swallows 3, BayStars 1

At Jingu Stadium, Yakult scored the tiebreaking run on Hiroyuki Fukuyama's (0-1) balk with two outs in the sixth inning and Ryoji Aikawa led off the seventh with a homer as Tokyo Yakult downed Yokohama.

Katsuki Akagawa (4-1) limited the damage to one run in six innings. Norichika Aoki tied the game 1-all with a solo shot in the third.


Lions 7, Fighters 5

At Seibu Dome, Hiroyuki Nakajima hit a three-run homer and Takeya Nakamura followed with a solo blast in a seven-run uprising in the fifth inning as Seibu won its fourth in a row in a victory over Hokkaido Nippon Ham to move into fourth place in the PL standings.

Nakamura hit his baseball-leading 41st home run in the big frame, which also featured RBI singles by Yasuyuki Kataoka, Takumi Kuriyama and Takuya Hara off Brian Wolfe (12-8).

Hawks at Buffaloes — ppd.

Marines at Eagles — ppd.

Reynolds angry at pitch


BALTIMORE — Orioles slugger Mark Reynolds says Los Angeles Angels pitcher Ervin Santana intentionally threw a fastball at him on Saturday night, and the first baseman felt fortunate to have avoided serious injury after being struck in the helmet by the pitch.

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