Home games from Tetsuto Yamada, Munetaka Murakami and Yasutaka Shiomi propelled the Tokyo Yakult Swallows to an 8-2 win over the Hiroshima Carp in the Central League on Wednesday.
Yamada put the Japan Series champion on the board in the opening frame at Mazda Stadium by firing a solo shot to parry a 1-1 fastball from Hiroshima starter Hiroki Tokoda (2-1).
The Swallows added three runs in the second, with Shiomi finding the gap to go left for two RBIs and Yamada landing through center for another.
Murakami went deep into the fourth and launched right-back Takuya Yasaki’s second throw down center to score Yamada, who finished 4-on-4 with two carries, two RBIs and a walk.
It was the sixth long bomb of the season for 22-year-old Murakami, reigning CL MVP and last year’s joint home run champion with Yomiuri Giant Kazuma Okamoto.
Shiomi led in sixth place with a solo to pass Ryuya Matsumoto en route to a two-run, three-RBI 2-for-5 night.
Juri Hara (2-2) went eight innings deep for the win, knocking out a pair and allowing two runs with seven hits and a walk.
Elsewhere in the CL, the league-leading Giants beat the DeNA BayStars 8-2 and the Hanshin Tigers defeated the Chunichi Dragons 3-1.
In the Pacific League, the Seibu Lions defeated the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 8-2 and the Orix Buffaloes defeated the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 4-2.
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