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Friday, June 29, 2012

Marines cruise to easy win over Lions


CHIBA — Tadahito Iguchi broke open a tie game with a three-run, bases-loaded double on Thursday and Pacific League-leading Chiba Lotte cruised to a 12-4 victory over the struggling Seibu Lions at QVC Marine Field.

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Milestone man: Tigers veteran Tomoaki Kanemoto collects the 2,500th hit of his career on Thursday in Nagoya. KYODO

Submarine right-hander Shunsuke Watanabe (4-2) let the Lions score in the first with two hits and a walk, but allowed just two base runners over the next five innings to win his second straight start. Watanabe allowed four runs in 6⅓ innings on seven hits and a walk.

Shunichi Nemoto homered in the bottom of the first to tie it, and the Marines loaded the bases in the second on a leadoff single, a walk and a two-out error. Iguchi doubled on a 2-2 pitch from veteran southpaw Kazuhisa Ishii (6-3), who was lit up for six runs, two earned, in 4⅓ innings.

"I hadn't been hitting since the end of interleague. I just wanted to get one more run on the board," said Iguchi, who snapped an 0-for-17 hitless skid.

The 12 runs were the most the Marines have scored this season.

Buffaloes 5, Hawks 1

At Fukuoka's Yahoo Dome, Buffaloes slugger Takahiro Okada tied the game 1-1 in the seventh with a double and his first RBI since May 20 and Aarom Baldiris followed with an RBI single as last-place Orix came from behind and won in Fukuoka for the first time this season.

Right-hander Yuki Nishi (4-2) held the Japan Series champs to a run in seven innings. The 21-year-old allowed six hits and three walks, while striking out eight.

Fighters 7, Eagles 3

At Tokyo Dome, former Giant Tomohiro Nioka hit a two-run, second-inning homer at his old home park, and first-time All-Star Daikan Yoh went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs for Hokkaido Nippon Ham.

Southpaw Tomoya Yagi (3-2) allowed two runs on six hits over five innings without issuing a walk to win for the first time since he beat Lotte on April 25, also at Tokyo Dome.


Giants 4, Carp 0

At Hiroshima's Mazda Stadium, Yomiuri's Tetsuya Utsumi (7-5) threw a four-hit shutout in which no Hiroshima runner got as far as third base. The Carp lost consecutive games for the first time since May 26.

The Giants scored twice in the first inning. Leadoff man Hisayoshi Chono reached on an error. Carp left fielder Soichiro Amaya then failed to make a diving catch on a sinking liner off the bat of Shigeyuki Furuki. The ball rolled to the wall and Furuki, who was credited with an RBI triple, later scored on a sacrifice fly.

Dragons 4, Tigers 1

At Nagoya Dome, Chunichi's Shinji Iwata (4-2) allowed a run on two hits and a walk over seven innings, and the Dragons broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the seventh in a game that saw Hanshin's Tomoaki Kanemoto become the seventh player to reach 2,500 career hits.

Hirokazu Ibata's leadoff single was followed by back-to-back doubles by Masahiko Morino and Motonobu Tanishige. A sac fly by Masahiro Araki plated the inning's third run off Tigers right-hander Randy Messenger (4-7).

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