Sun, Jul 06, 2003 - Page 23 News List

Former Cub player slams in five runs for BlueWave

AP , TOKYO

Roosevelt Brown drove in five runs Saturday as the Orix BlueWave crushed the Nippon Ham Fighters 17-2 to snap an eight-game losing streak.

Brown, formerly of the Chicago Cubs, belted a three-run homer in the first inning when Orix scored seven runs and added a two-run blast in the sixth at Nagoya Dome to lift the BlueWave out of their longest slump of the season.

Jose Ortiz, formerly of the Colorado Rockies, also homered twice and drove in five runs for the BlueWave, still last in the Pacific League standings.

Orix starter Masahiko Kaneda picked up the win after striking out seven and giving up two runs on six hits over eight innings.

Nippon Ham starter Hiroyuki Sekine took the loss after being rocked for seven runs on five hits after recording only one out in the first inning.

At Seibu Dome, Alex Cabrera hit a tie-breaking solo homer in the bottom of the eighth to lift the Seibu Lions to a 2-1 victory over the Kintetsu Buffaloes.

Cabrera, formerly of the Arizona Diamondbacks, connected off Kintetsu starter Hisashi Iwakuma for his league-leading 26th homer of the season as the Lions won their fourth straight and moved into sole possession of second place in the standings.

Seibu reliever Koji Mitsui came on in the seventh and held the Buffaloes scoreless over two innings to pick up the win and improve to 9-5 on the season.

Kiyoshi Toyoda retired the side in the ninth for his 22nd save of the season.

Iwakuma went the distance but took the loss as the Buffaloes lost their third straight contest and dropped into third place in the standings.

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