Matsuda Goes Deep As Softbank Wins 5th Straight


Matsuda goes deep as Softbank wins 5th straightNobuhiro Matsuda hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fourth inning and left-hander Hiroki Yamada held the damage to a minimum as Pacific Leader Softbank stretched its winning streak to five games in a 3-1 win over the Nippon Ham Fighters on Tuesday.

Matsuda took lefty reliever Masahiro Inui (0-1) for a ride over the center field wall, breaking a 1-all tie for a 3-1 lead at Yahoo Dome.

Yamada (1-1) gave up one run on five hits in seven innings before handing the game over to Masahiko Morifuku for a scoreless eighth and Brian Falkenborg, who shut the door in the ninth for his sixth save.

The Fighters saw their winning streak end at four games.

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Lions 4, Eagles 0

At Koshien Stadium, Hideto Asamura hit a solo homer on a 2-for-4 night, Takayuki Kishi (2-0) went 7-2/3 scoreless innings, and Seibu snapped a four-game skid with a win over Rakuten.

Asamura went deep to left off Takahiro Shiomi (1-1) in the second, and Seibu added RBI hits from Tomohito Yoneno and Takumi Kuriyama in the fourth before scoring the fourth run on a wild pitch in the seventh.