Fri, Jun 25, 2004 - Page 23 News List

Yomiuri Giants fall to Chunichi Dragons at Sapporo Dome

AP , TOKYO

Kosuke Fukudome hit a three-run homer in the second inning Wednesday as the Central League-leading Chunichi Dragons cruised to a 14-3 thrashing of the Yomiuri Giants.

Fukudome connected for his 16th homer of the season off Yomiuri starter Hisanori Takahashi with a towering blast over the right field wall at Sapporo Dome as the Dragons scored five runs in the second.

Alex Ochoa contributed to the onslaught by going 3-for-5 with three RBIs as the Dragons won their second straight over the Giants and opened up a 1-1/2-game lead over Yomiuri in the standings.

Takahashi was rocked for eight runs on nine hits over one-plus innings. Chunichi starter Kenshin Kawakami picked up the win after giving up two runs on five hits over eight innings.

The Giants, picked by some to win the Central League pennant this season, were handed their third straight loss and have given up 24 runs in their last three games.

At Jingu Stadium, Tatsuhiko Kinjo belted a three-run homer in the top of the third inning to power the Yokohama BayStars to a 9-4 win over the Yakult Swallows.

Yokohama starter Ken Kadokura picked up the win after striking out 11 and holding the Swallows to one run on five hits over seven innings.

At Koshien Stadium, Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi survived a shaky first inning to lead the Hanshin Tigers to a 5-2 victory over the Hiroshima Carp.

In the Pacific League, Michihiro Ogasawara drove in a pair of runs to lead the Nippon Ham Fighters to a 3-0 win over the league-leading Daiei Hawks.

Carlos Mirabal picked up the win after holding the Hawks to eight hits over 6-2/3 scoreless innings at Fukuoka Dome.

At Seibu Dome, Chang Chi-Chie gave up five hits over eight scoreless innings to lead the Seibu Lions to a 1-0 win over the Orix BlueWave.

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