Mon, May 26, 2003 - Page 19 News List

Ham Fighters make minced meat out of struggling Marines

AP , TOKYO

D.T. Cromer and Tomochika Tsuboi both hit three-run homers Sunday to lead the Nippon Ham Fighters to a 19-1 drubbing of the Lotte Marines at Tokyo Dome.

Cromer, formerly of the Cincinnati Reds, got the fighters rolling in the first inning with his second homer of the season as Nippon Ham jumped out to an early 4-0 lead.

Michihiro Ogasa-wara keyed a six-run fifth inning with a two-run home run before Tsuboi put the game out of reach with his fourth homer of the year in the sixth that gave Trey Hillman's squad a 14-1 lead.

Nippon Ham starter Carlos Mirabal gave up one run on four hits over seven innings to pick up his fifth win against four losses.

Buffaloes 10, BlueWave 6

In Kobe, Hirotoshi Kitagawa drove in the tying run with a single to left and Orix pitcher Jun Hagiwara walked in the go-ahead run as the Kintetsu Buffaloes rallied for four runs in the top of the eighth for a 10-6 win over Orix BlueWave.

With the victory, Kintetsu moved into a tie with Daiei for first place in the Pacific League standings.

Tuffy Rhodes returned from a two-game suspension and connected for his league-leading 19th homer -- a solo shot in the fourth -- as the Buffaloes won their fifth straight.

Rhodes, formerly of the Boston Red Sox, was suspended for two-games after charging the mound from first base in Wednesday's 11-3 win over Seibu after pitcher Hayato Aoki hit Norihiro Nakamura.

In Fukuoka, Kazuhiro Wada went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs to lead the Seibu Lions to a 7-1 win over the Daiei Hawks.

Seibu starter Chang Chi-chie picked up the win after holding the Hawks to one run on eight hits over seven innings.

Tigers 6, Swallows 4

In the Central League, Tomoaki Kanemoto drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the eighth inning to lift the Central League-leading Hanshin Tigers to a 6-4 win over the Yakult Swallows in Matsuyama.

Hanshin reliever Yuya Ando picked up the win after coming on in the seventh and holding the Swallows scoreless over two innings. Jeff Williams retired the side in the ninth for his 14th save.

On Saturday, Shinichi Sato went 3-for-5 with three RBIs as the Swallows downed the Tigers 5-3.

Hanshin starter Trey Moore was tagged for four runs on six hits over 1-2/3 innings to take his first loss of the season as the Tigers saw their five-game winning streak come to an end.

Dragons 6, Carp 4

In Hiroshima, Ivan Cruz belted a solo homer as the Chunichi Dragons scored four runs in the top of the sixth on their way to a 6-4 win over the Hiroshima Carp at Hiroshima Stadium.

Veteran lefty Shigeki Noguchi picked up the win after striking out 11 and holding the Carp to four runs on six hits over 7-2/3 innings. Eddie Gaillard retired the side in the ninth for his 13th save.

On Saturday, Motonobu Tanishige drove in the winning run with a single to left in the top of the 10th inning to lift the Dragons to a 3-2 win over the Carp.

Giants 4, BayStars 2

The Yomiuri Giants took advantage of a shaky performance by reliever Denny Tomori Saturday on their way to a 4-2 victory over the last-place Yokohama Bay-Stars.

With two out and runners on first and third in the top of the ninth at Yokohama Stadium, Tomori served up a wild pitch that allowed Ichiro Horita to trot home from third with the go-ahead run.

Tomohiro Nioka then singled to right to drive in an insurance run for the Giants.

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