Sun, Jul 04, 2004 - Page 23 News List

BayStars rally with home runs to chase down the Dragons


Tyrone Woods and Hitoshi Tamura both hit two-run homers Friday to lead the Yokohama BayStars to a 5-2 win over the Central League-leading Chunichi Dragons.

Chunichi jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second inning at Yokohama Stadium but the BayStars took a 3-2 lead in the third on Tamura's 18th homer of the season.

Woods gave Yokohama a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth with his 23rd homer of the season.

Scott Mullen picked up the win after giving up two runs on seven hits over six innings. Kazuhiro Sasaki retired the side in the ninth for the save, his 16th of the season.

At Hiroshima Stadium, Tuffy Rhodes belted a pair of solo homers to lead the Yomiuri Giants to an 8-7 victory over the Hiroshima Carp.

Veteran left-hander Kimiyasu Kudo picked up the win after holding the Carp to one run on seven hits over seven innings.

Rhodes homered in the first and fourth innings and Hiroki Kokubo hit a grand slam in the third when the Giants scored six runs. Hiroshima rallied for five runs in the bottom of the ninth before Hideki Okajima recorded the final out.

In the Pacific League, Koichi Hori hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning at Fukuoka Dome to power the Lotte Marines to a 13-1 win over the league-leading Daiei Hawks.

Lotte starter Hiroyuki Kobayashi went seven strong innings while giving up one run on six hits to pick up the win.

At Seibu Dome, Alex Cabrera hit a pair of homers to power the Seibu Lions to a 7-4 victory over the Nippon Ham Fighters.

Cabrera, who returned to the lineup this week after sitting out most of the first half with an arm injury, hit a two-run homer in the fourth and a solo homer in the sixth. Fumiya Nishiguchi held the Fighters to four runs on eight hits over 6-1/3 innings. Shinji Mori retired the side in the ninth for the save.

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